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PostPost by: Lotus 50 » Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:13 am

What is a good jack to use for changing tires? I have a hydraulic jack that is OK when the tires are inflated but is too tall when I have a flat.

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PostPost by: billwill » Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:35 am

I generally use the supplied scissor jack to lift the subframe enough to get a hydraulic jack in there.
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PostPost by: Harvey » Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:41 am

Here's one option for a low floor jack. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L1 ... ee1c0a08de
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PostPost by: paddy » Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:00 am

If you're looking for a jack to have in the car, the Porsche 944 had a compact lightweight aluminium jack; see for example https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PORSCHE-944- ... SwD2tcFt2D

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PostPost by: fatboyoz » Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:11 pm

Hi Lotus 50,
Paddy's suggested Porsche jack has merit. I purchased one and converted it to fit my S4, on someone else's recommendation. It weighs a lot less than the original Lotus item, and actually works.
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quote="paddy"]If you're looking for a jack to have in the car, the Porsche 944 had a compact lightweight aluminium jack; see for example https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PORSCHE-944- ... SwD2tcFt2D

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PostPost by: rcfurse » Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:40 pm

I just did the same.Thanks for the link Paddy.
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PostPost by: Lotus 50 » Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:49 pm

Is the original Lotus jack still available?
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PostPost by: GLB » Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:02 pm

I found a scissors jack from a Mazda Miata that looks almost identical to the one that came with my Europa. even painted blue just like the Europa. bought it from a wrecking yard for $10. Gary
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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:52 pm

With respect to wrecker/breaker yards, many vehicles end up there complete with an unused jack. One of my local club members chose a jack by this method I think he said it was form a Ford Escort.

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PostPost by: Lotus 50 » Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:50 am

Where do you put the scissors jack under the car? I use my hydraulic jack in the holes by the wheel wells. It has about a 1" diameter post that fits nicely and lifts the car. Except when a tire is flat and I can't fit it under the car.

Do you lift it by the suspension?
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PostPost by: The Veg » Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:02 pm

I can't tell the size from the picture, but the Porsche jack looks very similar to the ones often found in Japanese cars. One from a Honda or Toyota should be quite inexpensive.
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PostPost by: paddy » Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:40 pm

Hi,

Lotus 50 wrote:Where do you put the scissors jack under the car? I use my hydraulic jack in the holes by the wheel wells. It has about a 1" diameter post that fits nicely and lifts the car. Except when a tire is flat and I can't fit it under the car.

Do you lift it by the suspension?


On the front, under the crossmember. On the back then yes, under the wishbone at the outboard end, with a thin board to spread the load.

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