Post Number: 1944
|Posted on Thursday, 17 May, 2018 - 11:40 pm: |
Has anyone ever used the Silver Shadow's car jack to change wheels?
I've never used this jack and it occurs to me I should test it in case I ever have to change a flat tire roadside.
My concerns are the rubber bung that needs to be pulled from the sill may be hard and brittle by now and cause paint damage if I try to remove it. Also, are the jacking points solid enough to take the weight of the car. My car is free of rot and rust but my experience of other cars from the 70s is the jacking points can deform when used to raise the car.
I'm just wondering if using it is a bad idea and whether I should carry a bottle jack instead.
Post Number: 536
|Posted on Friday, 18 May, 2018 - 01:06 am: |
Geoff, never used one, but have seen one used and it appears very unsteady ! I keep a small trolley jack in the boot.
Post Number: 1945
|Posted on Friday, 18 May, 2018 - 02:12 am: |
Thanks Mark. You've confirmed what I was thinking.
Post Number: 140
|Posted on Friday, 18 May, 2018 - 02:25 am: |
My car (SBH10630) has metal pivoted covers on the jack-points. I used the jack several times when I first had the car - before the ramp was built - and it worked fine. It lifted the car quite steadily and allowed lots of work which wouldn't have been possible otherwise. Not used again since, but I would use it for a puncture if necessary. A bottle jack fitted to a jack-point would have to lift a LOOOONG way, or you would have to reach under the car (in the dark, in pouring rain, in your best suit, with traffic thundering past).
Post Number: 781
|Posted on Friday, 18 May, 2018 - 06:06 am: |
They work fine and are very stable.
I only used mine twice, but I wouldn't hesitate about using it.
Here it is jacking the car in dirt.
Post Number: 1905
|Posted on Friday, 18 May, 2018 - 07:41 am: |
I have used mine just for the fun of it.
My car also has body coloured hinged covers.
I found it to be the best jack I have ever used.
Very easy mechanical advantage to lift the whole side of a very heavy car.
It works a treat.
Just make sure the threads are not rusted & are lubed up ok. I just use WD40 on mine.
Post Number: 1946
|Posted on Friday, 18 May, 2018 - 08:16 am: |
I've had this car for over 5 years now and have never thought to remove the rubber bung - which turned out to be a hinged plate. Don't know what I was thinking about.
Thanks for all your replies.
Post Number: 178
|Posted on Friday, 18 May, 2018 - 08:42 am: |
Also remember to lock the front door lest you try to open it during a brain fade. Now you know what that small ding is in the bottom of the door. I have seen Clouds suffer the same fate only on the back door.
richard george yeaman
Post Number: 969
|Posted on Friday, 18 May, 2018 - 09:16 am: |
I have used my jack on a few occasion, no probems.