How to Lift a Ford F150

by Richard Ristow

Jacking up or lifting your truck is a basic, fundamental part of owning a Ford F150. It is both something that needs to be done in an emergency, as well as a part of routine maintenance. This involves both raising the F150 to change a tire, or to create space beneath the vehicle, should you need to get under the truck for repairs. While using a hand cranking jack is routine, you should never crawl beneath your vehicle when it is not securely on jack stands.

Park the Ford F150 on a level surface. If you have a dead tire on the side of the road, try to find flattest part of the shoulder, as far away from traffic.

Move the automatic shifter to "park." If you have an F150 with a manual transmission, put the gear shifter into reverse. Engage the emergency brake.

Place wheel blocks or chocks in front and behind the wheel diagonal from the wheel that is being jacked up. Once you lift the vehicle, you will be putting weight onto that wheel.

Place the jack at a suitable lift point. For the front of the F150, you will find a welded bracket near a tire. For the rear of the truck, you should use the rear frame rail. Use the U-bolts on the rear leaf spring as a jack-point.

Turn the jack's crank until the tire is lifted off the ground. If you are going to use a jack stand, raise the vehicle high enough so that the jack-stand can slide into place.

Turn the crank in the reverse direction and lower the F150 onto the jack-stand. Repeat this process for the other three wheels, if you are in your garage and you are lifting the truck for repair and/or maintenance work.


  • check If you are lifting your F150 to remove a wheel, loosen the lug nuts before jacking the truck up.

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About the Author

Richard Ristow has written for journals, newspapers and websites since 2002. His work has appeared in "2009 Nebula Showcase" and elsewhere. He is a winner of the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Rhysling Award and he edits poetry for Belfire Press. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and has managed an automotive department at WalMart.

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