Best jack for changing car tires in driveway ?

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  1. Johnny Moondog

    Johnny Moondog Member

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    (NOTE: I have a breaker bar, impact driver / impact bits / tourque wrench)

    All I currently have is the scissor jack that came with the car.

    I wanted something better (like a hydraulic lift/service jack) - but I don't have a garage.

    So whatever I get, I have to keep it in the basement, and bring it up / outside to use - then back down to the basement again.

    Some of the jacks online - comments say they weigh around 80 pounds.
    I am no muscle man - just a skinny guy - that sounds like a lot to haul around.

    What is the best jack for changing tires in your driveway - and how much do they usually weigh ?

    PS - I have a mid sized station wagon right now, but may be upgrading to a midsized SUV soon.
     
  2. LDS22

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    I got a decent and inexpensive floor jack from Harbor Freight. use jackstands and the jack doesn't matter so much.
     
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    Why do you want to change tires in your driveway? To change brake pads and the like? More info needed.
     
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    I call Triple A. They have jacks.
     
  5. Johnny Moondog

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    Just to do the seasonal tire changeover (twice a year).
     
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    If the scissor jack will get the car in the air and you're only doing this seasonally, I would just get a jack stands to put under the car for safety and use it. You'd need a floor jack that can lift to 21-22" to lift and SUV and I wouldnt want to be lugging one of those fro the basement.
     
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    Irreverent Silver Supporting Member

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    Buy jack stands of decent quality and use them every time, no matter what type or style of floor jack you get. Also, don't forget to use wheel chocks.

    Costco or Sam's usually have decent floor jacks for the money.

    Peace.
     
  9. Johnny Moondog

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    Good advice , thanks :)
     
  10. HurricaneJesus

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    Scissor jacks are a huge pain in the ass (or at least every one I've had to use).
    Do you have a utility closet on the ground floor you could keep a jack in? A good jack and some stands opens up a world of car maintenance possibilities = money saved for gear.
     
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    Do you have Harbor Freight? They have a sale on a 1 1/2 ton aluminum jack for $60 w/coo pun.
     
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    This.
     
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    and whenever you actually remove a wheel, don't lay it "out of the way", but lay it underneath the car, thus out of the way and next to the jack stand. A lesson from my old man from way back: if anything were ever to go wrong with the jack stand, that spare wheel/removed wheel laying next to it will save your bacon, or more. It does you no good if off the car and not underneath it somewhere. Sacrificing a wheel/tire combo is a helluva lot better than trashing your legs or worse . . .
     
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    Not that my dad or I have ever had any personal injury happen that way--my dad was way more practical than that: he just didn't want the brake/corner assembly trashed it the car ever fell off the stand/jack. Landing on the spare wheel/tire saves that entire assembly. Best of all worlds, I say.
     
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    The Harbor Freight aluminum jacks are super cool.
    It's a fast action jack as well, just a few pumps and you are done.

    :beer
     
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    I like using my scissor jack for routine maintenance as it keeps me familiar with it's use. Very helpful when you need to change a tire on a busy road.
     
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    There you go, only 14 lbs and $30 and the OP will have money left over to buy jack stands, which he should use every time. They could save his life...
     
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    Good ol' Canadian Tire have a plethora of jacks. I've had mine for 20 years, probably paid $40, I use it more than twice a year with 0 problems.
     

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