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Old 07-01-2011, 11:10 AM
Bubba909 Bubba909 is offline
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Default Re: The Factory Jack

Originally Posted by RangerJustin View Post
^^really? I used mine a couple times with no probs.
Sidewall blew out too all hell, and rim was on the pavement. The jack was the bottle style jack with the dial that has the slot in the center for the tire iron, as apposed to the scissor jack style...

Not that this needs to be explained in detail, but the damn end of the tire iron slips out of the slot anytime the jack gets weight put onto it. Used to be the same with my old F-150's...


Originally Posted by sgtsandman View Post
Jack placement is critical. It has to go under the axle in the back or under that tab on the front lower arm to get the rim off the ground.
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Old 07-01-2011, 03:00 PM
Centrarchid 4x4 Centrarchid 4x4 is offline
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Same happened to me this winter. I maxed the factory jack and still couldn't pull the flat off. Luckily I was on a gravel road (although it was frozen solid) and eventually chiseled enough ice/gravel out from under the tire to remove it. Had to chisel out even more to get the inflated full-size spare on. All this and it was only 5 degrees. I now carry a floor jack.
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Old 07-01-2011, 03:22 PM
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Default Re: The Factory Jack

i have a 2 ton floor jack from walmart and a 5 ton bottle jack with me as well as the factory jack so i can get the spare out if i need to.
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:14 PM
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Default Re: The Factory Jack

The jack supplied with the truck is intended for emergency use only - undoubtedly made as cheaply (cost savings) and lightly (weight savings) as practical, and as the OP noted, it is not even very efficiently packaged for that purpose - for any kind under vehicle repair work, an aftermarket floor jack is that much better by degrees.

For emergencies (read: tire changing at the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, with no phone service and nothing around) it seems to be barely up to the task, though it will work under most conditions likely to be encountered.

Having said that, it is my experience that if you get a flat, most people will call AAA in the States (or CAA here in Canada) and get the tow guy to change the tire, or tow it into a repair facility.

If you try to change your tires at the side of the road, there's another issue: whether you are able to access your spare tire.

As with most pickups, the spare tire carrier is prone to rusting out (usually the cable) or seizing up or getting jammed up with crud (the retractor gizmo) or other problems (e.g., low spare tire pressure).

Even though I lower and check my spare tire and carrier every year (at least), I've found that most of my problems with tires have been punctures, and the best way to tackle this is to carry a tire plug kit (to plug any puncture) and a portable air compressor to re-inflate the problem tire - don't even have to remove the tire in order to plug a leak, in most cases.

With this equipment on board, I've managed to handle (so far) any situation I've encountered where I otherwise would have had to use the jack/remove a tire.

Of course, this equipment doesn't help where I would have to change a tire - e.g., if a tire shreds or a sidewall punctures - but it's worked so far for me.

Also, it seems to be an unwritten rule that if you prepare for something to go wrong, you'll often be lucky enough not to encounter it.

Just my observation.
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