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#1 nicam49

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 11:13 AM

Operation is to open timing chain cover. So,there I am, with the jack placed under the sump with some rubber pads to prevent damage, raise the jack to support the engine to enable me to remove the rhs engine mount. Jack is a 2 tonne low profile I've had about 4 years. After about 2 hours, I notice that Jack is no longer supporting the engine... arghh! It's gone down on its own. Its not as if this jack's have a hard life either.
I've got a 50 year old bottle jack that stays up as long as it needs to. Is there something wrong with my Halfords jack or is this to be expected on this type of jack? As there isn't any where to put an axle stand to support the engine, it's a bit of a bummer!
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 11:29 AM

If it's not leaking it will be a seal on the piston inside that has gone.

 

Similar to a brake cylinder.

 

Probably repairable

 

Have you ever topped up the oil?


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 12:16 PM

 
Have you ever topped up the oil?


No I haven't, but I've never seen any fluid leaking out either. Do you happen to know if steering fluid will do or will I need a trip to Halfords for jack oil?
These budget jacks all seem much the same design whether Aldi, Lidl, Clarke, Halfords...
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 12:26 PM

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Not sure about steering fluid, I would use jack oil.

 

If you have never topped it up in 4 years it may just need topping up and bleeding.

 

Does it go all the way down under pressure or just a bit lower?


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 01:04 PM

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Not sure about steering fluid, I would use jack oil.
 
If you have never topped it up in 4 years it may just need topping up and bleeding.
 
Does it go all the way down under pressure or just a bit lower?

Hi, it goes down a bit when under load but not all the way down. Been looking on youtube and think I've got enough info to have a go at bleeding it, but will have to buy some fluid if steering/atf won't do.
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 01:12 PM

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It is jack oil, not steering fluid

 

If anyone needs to purchase a trolley jack (or bonnet/boot struts) go here, SGS

 

https://www.sgs-engi...t/trolley-jacks

 

https://www.sgs-engi...CFSnlwgod9SoAEQ


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 04:47 PM

That's all well and good, but let's face it, they're all Chinese whoever you buy them from. Same materials same design same everything else. ie no better than all the rest really.
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 05:53 PM

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That's all well and good, but let's face it, they're all Chinese whoever you buy them from. Same materials same design same everything else. ie no better than all the rest really.

Dunno about that, I bought this one - https://www.ebay.co....w0AAOSwI-heBeAp a couple of years ago, they do claim to be the manufacturer of it and it's far more robust than the Halfords jack I replaced with it, or any of the other jacks I've had over the years. Plus a 2-year warranty is better than a lot of Chinese brand ones seem to offer.
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 06:15 PM

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Nick, I do think that is a bit of a wide statement you are making.

SGS are well known and have a great reputation - stuff is not "the same" wherever you go

 

Anyhow, hope you get things sorted


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 07:16 PM

Thanks chaps! I'll see how it goes with the oil and O ring kit I've bought. That jack in the link at>£100 probably says it all:you get what you pay for at the end of the day.
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