Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

How to Buy a Good Quality Car Jack

Good Quality Car Jack

Whether you’re changing a spare tire on the side of the road or you’re doing your own maintenance in the garage, one thing is sure – you have to get at least one wheel off the ground. That’s where a good quality car jack comes in.

A good jack will have the strength to lift your vehicle without damaging it. It will also offer the right lift distance, the right weight and easy movement.

  • Capacity: Capacity is the term given to the weight rating for the jack. Look for a good car jack that's rated for your vehicle’s weight. You’ll find 2-ton options, 3-ton jacks, 3.5-ton jacks, and more.

  • Lift Distance and Speed: This is a measure of how high the jack can raise the vehicle safely. You’ll want one that gives you enough room to do what you need to do safely. Remember that wheel/suspension play adds to the lift distance needed, and taller vehicles will need jacks with higher lift distances. Pay attention to the number of pistons as well – dual piston jacks can get to full height more quickly than single piston models (this has no impact on operability, just speed of lifting).

  • Weight: Here, we’re referring to the weight of the jack. Most floor jacks are heavy, but some are heavier than others. Consider your needs – will the jack be staying in your garage, or will it be used in other locations? The weight of the jack will affect how easy it is to carry.

  • Movement: Most car jacks have wheels, but not all wheels are created equal (and some jacks lack wheels – your OEM jack in the trunk, for instance). Make sure the jack offers easy movement if you’ll be using it in your garage or shop, but if you’ll be using it primarily on the road, you might want a model with a wide, flat bottom for better stability.

The right car jack will help you change a flat tire faster, perform maintenance more easily and more.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

P0222 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle/Pedal Position Switch/Sensor B Circuit Low Input
P0222 code definition Throttle/Pedal Position Switch/Sensor B Circuit Low Input What the P0222...
How to Get a Louisiana Driver's Permit
s licensing program. The first step in this program is to obtain...
Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in New Mexico
The state of New Mexico offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch...


Related questions

Q: I have two questions about an oscilloscope and measurement conversion.

Hi there. An oscilloscope is a device for viewing oscillations of electrical voltage or current using probes and a screen that will display a wave pattern. The conversion from anglo-saxon to metric is the following formula: Inches X 2.54...

Q: What's involved in changing the radiator hoses?

If access is poor from above, you may get a better angle if you raise the vehicle and support it with jack stands to get to things from the bottom. I like to use a mirror to see into hard...

Q: Motor mounts. Which mechanic is right?

If a motor mount diagnostic was performed and the mounts were confirmed to be faulty, the only safe repair strategy would have been to install dealer OEM motor mounts. If you use aftermarket parts in this application in essence you...