How to Lower a Hydraulic Car Jack

by Anthony Smith

Anyone that plans on handling some of their own car maintenance or repair will eventually need to use a hydraulic car jack. The fact that these tools will be lifting and holding thousands of pounds means it is important that anyone using a hydraulic car jack know how to properly operate it. Lowering the jack in a safe manner is an important part of using a jack.

Step 1

Practice raising and lowering the jack without a load first before using the jack in a situation where it is supporting the car. Determine whether the jack is lowered by simply twisting the jack handle in a counterclockwise direction. If not, it will be lowered by removing the handle, placing the end of the handle over a notched screw located just below where the jack handle attaches to the jack, and then twisting the jack handle in a counterclockwise direction.

Step 2

Inspect the jack stand to make sure they are located properly, or inspect the ground area to make sure there are no obstacles before lowering a vehicle.

Step 3

Say "Clear" loudly as a safety double check in alerting others that you are now going to lower the vehicle.

Step 4

Lower the vehicle down onto jack stand or back to the ground easy, by slowly turning the jack handle and controlling the rate of descent of the car.

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