JACKING UP YOUR CAR is NOT as Safe as it Used to be ? Be aware of other traffic

Jacking up your car the correct way

You may think that jacking up your is an exact science but believe me plenty can go wrong. Even our most experienced mechanics can make a mistake when jacking up a car. The worse

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Lady’s very often change their own wheel these days

thing to happen is if the jack is placed under a sill and not the re-enforced area just under the edge of car. Most models of car have a special re-enforced part at the front of the sill area and is marked by a notch in the metal to show you where you can jack up your car without it going through the softer sill part of the body just under the car doors.

The jacking points are usually illustrated in the owner’s manual, but if you do not know where the jacking points  are and are not sure, then DO NOT jack the car up, leave to a professional , who knows what they are doing.

If you are confident or stuck somewhere with a flat tyre then this is something that you should tackle. The first thing to do is to make sure that you are on a HARD SURFACE. Please do not try to jack your car up on a grass verge or a field, anywhere that is soft. The obvious thing to happen is that the car jack will just sink, and unless you have some wooden blocks in the car then the job will be hopeless.

Once you have established that the ground is hard enough then you should look for and remove your wheel removing kit from the car boot. This usually consists of a scissor jack, wheel brace and locking wheel nut tool (if your car has one). The car jacking point is marked by a cut out in the metal plate on the front and rear of the car; this shows the strongest place to jack up the car. Once this is all done then you can say a prayer and hope that the wheel nuts are not seized up or over tightened, from the last time that the wheel was removed. If the wheel is over tightened then you may have to get help or call out a nearby garage for assistance.

Some drivers know about this and carry a hollow piece of strong metal tubing in their tool kit to give them leverage on their wheel brace. It is also wise to keep a small thick piece of wood in your tool kit to place on the jack as you start to lift the car. This gives the jack a better bite, instead of the metal on metal of the jack and the car sill.

Some more advanced motorists will keep a small trolley jack in their car for jacking up with

 for a safer jacking experience, in my opinion good preparation is the word. It is no different in the professional garage, we have always to be safety conscious when jacking up cars, either with a trolley jack or on the vehicle ramps, the same should apply to the DIY motorists.

The more experienced person who carries out their own cars repairs should be able to jack a car up by using the steering and suspension jacking points, but it is always a good point to

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Scissor jacks are the most common DIY jack found in your cars tool kit

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Citroen with the arrow showing the jacking point

make sure that you have some good strong axle stands to rest the car on before you commence working on your car and the same applies to a hard surface when lifting the car, all these points may seem trivial but as a garage owner of over 40 years, I have seen many stupid things happen, that were only due to thoughtlessness on the behalf of the mechanic.

When jacking up your Used Cars  you can get a feeling if the thing is not going right, so if you hear any strange creaking noises or metallic sounds then let the car jack down with care and start again, care is the buzz word. I suppose thinking about it; this is why the breakdown services are very busy, there are now many different types of wheels and jacks on today’s modern cars and if you are not sure or confident please join one of the motoring breakdown services such as the AA or RAC here in the UK.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

Hydrogen Cell car-to be Ready in Two Years and Will Compete with Battery Electric Cars.

 Hydrogen Cell car to be Ready in Two Years

This is something that I have been writing about for a while now; the Toyota prototype has been unveiled to journalists from around the world. Toyota is expected to put this new technology vehicle a Hydrogen Cell car on sale in two years’ time.

Hydrogen Cell car

Hydrogen filling stations will be a common site on our forecourts in the near future along with other types of fuel ready for the Hydrogen Cell car

The new vehicle will be expected to be based on the Lexus HS a former Hybrid model week after Toyota confirmed aHydrogen Cell car project; this new Lexus  HS was seen being tested  in the heat of Death Valley, USA. One of the hottest places on earth. The car was also seen filling up from a re-fueling type truck which was heavily marked “HYDROGEN” , this now looks as if Toyota are well on their way in the development of this huge change in vehicle technology and totally opposite to the other car manufacturers, who are heading down the road of new car battery technology.

 

This new Hydrogen Cell car has already been driven by a few privileged motor journalists and the new Hydrogen Cell car has been given the thumbs up for the way that the vehicle handles, mainly due to the huge torque of the cars electric motors. Other  manufacturers are complaining that the use of this gas is not as green as the battery powered cars, mainly because the gas used in these cars is produced from natural gas, but you could argue that the electricity used to charge the battery cars is not green really because the electricity that recharges the hybrids batteries comes from dirty power stations using fossil fuels to make the electricity.

Surprisingly Toyota was not the first to use Hydrogen Cell car technology. The first car maker was their rivals Honda. In fact Honda developed a car based on the Honda FX as far back as 2008, 5 years ago. It is believed that Honda did not pursue with the project because there were no Hydrogen Cell car filling stations around at the time, and only 50 cars were built.

To service the gas driven cars there is already a network of  filling stations being built in Europe including the UK, where it is thought that deals have been struck with the large supermarket chains, to supply a pump on their fuel service forecourts. This and the addition of some new filling stations in London and hundred to be built in Germany will be music to the ears of Toyota, who I suspect will already know about these developments. 

All to be revealed at the Tokyo car show.

To conclude Toyota are planning to produce 10000 of these cars by the year 2017 and all will be revealed at the Tokyo car show. The Tokyo Motor Show will start on November 23rd when all will be revealed.

More reading… “Air Liquide, together with its partners of the “H2 Mobility” initiative, has signed a term- sheet agreement to implement a major action plan for the construction of a

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How the Hydrogen technology will work

nationwide hydrogen-filling-station network in Germany. By 2023, the current German network of 15 Hydrogen Cell car filling stations will be expanded to about 400 hydrogen stations covering the whole country. The overall investment by all partners will be around €350 million”… http://www.windpowerengineering.com/policy/environmental/germans-dreaming-fuel-cells-already-15-h2-stations/

Eric Roberts…batteriesontheweb

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and Budget Tyre business and I am MD for online battery company www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.