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How To Operate a Car Jack

Watch more Driving & Car Safety videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to operate a car jack safely. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning Follow the instructions for your jack. Never jack up a vehicle from a point not designed to handle the load. Improper use can lead to serious injury. Step 1: Park your car on a flat surface, away from traffic. If you have an automatic transmission, put your car in "park" and put on the parking brake. If you have a manual transmission, put your car in first gear and put on the parking brake. Make sure everyone's out of the car before you begin. Step 2: Place something sturdy, like a wooden block or a brick, in front of and behind the wheel that's diagonally across from the wheel you plan to jack up. If you have extra blocks, block the other wheel on the opposite axle, too. Step 3: Locate your jack in the trunk. The jack and the handle used to raise it are usually two separate pieces. The jack may be screwed in place in the trunk. Step 4: Consult your manual and feel along the car frame near the wheel you want to jack up until you locate an indentation, known as a jack point. Place your jack on the ground under this spot. Check your vehicle's owner's manual for the correct placement of the car jack. Warning Never get under a car supported solely by a jack. Step 5: Raise the jack to the desired height. If you're changing a flat tire, the damaged tire should be about 6 inches off the ground. Tip Most car jacks are scissor jacks; to raise, turn the knob at the end of the jack using the hand crank that comes with it. If your jack doesn't seem to be working, try turning the handle the other way, or see if your jack has a switch you need to flip marked "L" for lower and "R" for raise. Step 6: When you're finished working on your car, slowly and carefully lower the jack until it is no longer supporting any weight. Slide it out from under the car and return it to the trunk. Did You Know? Every year before the Indianapolis 500, the drivers' pit crews compete to see who can change all four tires the fastest. The winning team earns $50,000.
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