Racing jacks are an inexpensive, portable, lightweight, and a reliable way to lift a vehicle quickly. Accompanied by an aluminum stand, it becomes a formidable combination for any car owner to have.
Race jacks are ideal for use in the workshop or for home use. With a low ground clearance, it can easily fit under any low-slung car and help in doing any repairs and maintenance.
Instead of sending the car to a mechanic for every small issue, the jack helps in sorting it out at home.
How to choose a race jack
Here is a list of criteria based on which a race jack should be chosen:
- Style of operation
Things to consider
Before buying a race jack, it is important to consider a few things.
Profile of the car
The first thing to see is the base profile of the car. How low or high is it?
Consider, your car stands 12” off the ground, and the jack you have can raise the weight to a maximum 16”. This means the Jack can only raise the car another 4”. In terms of usage, buying this particular jack is a complete waste of money.
The next thing to keep in mind is the type of car you will be using the jack for and the weight of the vehicle, because buying a jack that can’t support the weight of the car is pretty useless.
The jack should be able to raise the car high enough for you be able to get under it and do repairs or general maintenance without any problems.
Mostly, the car is lifted only from a single corner, like when changing a tire. But there are times when you would want to raise the entire car from the center.
Therefore, buying the right race jack that is able to support that much load and simultaneously ensure your safety is important.
Some jacks come with their own storage cases that make it easier to travel or store safely in the garage. Therefore, before you buy a race jack, you should be aware of how much space it is going to take up.
Jacks are basically made of two materials: steel and aluminum.
You need to choose the material depending on:
- Where and how the jack is going to be used
- The type of car it will be working on
- How much mobility you require from the jack
- Having the means to cart it around
There are some jacks whose arm can be rotated around, making it easier to position.
Because of the weight a jack has to lift, it is important that the base is strong and reinforced.
There are a few more considerations that could be important to you as a buyer. It could be that the Jack can be assembled and disassembled easily; that makes it easier to store. Another factor could be if it has a handle that could be used to either carry it around or for securing a hold on it while pumping it. You could also be looking for wheels for easy transportation of the jack across the floor of the garage.
Maintaining the jack
- To be able to use the jack over a period of time, the user needs to follow the requirements given in the manual.
- Setting it up with all its extendable parts is not difficult if the instructions provided are clear and concise and the user follows it exactly.
- Maintaining the jack requires periodic checks on the equipment, especially before you use it.
- Ensure that the hydraulics are oiled with premium jack oil, and not motor or brake oil or transmission fluid.
Advantages of using a race jack
- It is made of lightweight aircraft-class aluminum that makes it easy to carry and maneuver.
- It can be stored easily in the trunk of the cars as well, to be used in emergency roadside situations.
- They come with foam bumpers that save the car surfaces from scratches and any other surface damage.
- They have an inbuilt safety feature that does not let the Jack load the weight that is more than what the jack is capable of lifting.
- They have easily attached and detachable parts.
- They have a dual or a fast piston, pumping the jack to the desired height in a few pushes.
- Because of their low profile, they easily fit under any car.
- They are manufactured to precision.
- They are not difficult to use, and the instructions are easy to follow.
- They are affordably priced
- They have a two handle lock system that ensures that the Jack stays locked in its position.
- They come with high-quality casters and rollers, and double plungers.
- They come in different weight lifting capacity, and the user can buy the one that matches his requirement.
- Some come in bigger frames or platforms. They provide a much better support to the base of the car.
- A lot of the race jack models are certified and are as per ASME PALD standards.
- A lot of manufacturers provide warranty and part replacement guarantees.
- Some have a smart, slick appearance which does not take anything away from their functional capability.
A race jack is ideal for show cars, low vehicles, and low-slung sports cars. These vehicles require a race jack that can elevate them to a height that is enough for you to be able to carry out regular maintenance or necessary repairs. But it needs to be low enough as well so that the user can reach the underbelly of the car to do the work.
Also, it should be reasonably priced so that you can enjoy not taking your car to a professional mechanic!