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Old 05-20-2020, 10:20 AM
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Exclamation Pittsburgh Automotive Jacks RECALLED - Tell a Friend

Not sure if this is the best place to share, but I'm sure a moderator will move the thread if needed.

Harbor Freight, the store we all know and love has recalled over 1.5 million 3 and 6-ton jacks.

You can read more here:

https://jalopnik.com/dont-trust-your...nds-1843546730

https://images.harborfreight.com/hft...1196_61197.pdf

I would suggest getting either Torrin Big Red jacks with the safety pin or a set of Duralast jack stands. Those are the two brands I use.

These forums are communities of DIYers and I'd hate to lose a friend to a faulty jack stand.

Share this news as widely as you can!
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Mine were ok but looked the same, T 6905.
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Mine were ok but looked the same, T 6905.
I would still be wary if they are the racketing type, but like many things, redundancy is still the best bet. If possible, leave the jack under the jacking point without having any weight under it, or slide a wheel under the car.

I've also been thinking about getting a QuickJack lift, as it would make wheel swaps so much faster, but it does take up a lot more storage space.
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If the jack stands were to drop, there is still enough room under the car to get out from under it. You might need to go clean your pants out after that happens though? As stiff as our frames are, the weight of 3 other stands would only let the car drop a little, I have seen this when jacking the sides up with the lift pads many times.

A lift is in my near future, just waiting on the right deal!
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I have some craftsman stands. I do have a pittsburg jack tho.
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That is a good jack.
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I would still be wary if they are the racketing type, but like many things, redundancy is still the best bet. If possible, leave the jack under the jacking point without having any weight under it, or slide a wheel under the car.

I've also been thinking about getting a QuickJack lift, as it would make wheel swaps so much faster, but it does take up a lot more storage space.
I have a set of quickjacks. they are great, I just keep them under the car
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The quick jacks don't hit the lift points, so I use a couple of 2 x 6 s, one on each side. get the AC units, the DC units require a whole lot of DC, I had to buy two AC to DC converters to power it
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The quick jacks don't hit the lift points, so I use a couple of 2 x 6 s, one on each side. get the AC units, the DC units require a whole lot of DC, I had to buy two AC to DC converters to power it
That wasn't something I had thought about...are they that much shorter than the wheelbase? Where does the wood contact the car?
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Good thing I just bought a set of Torin Big Red 6 ton jack stands to replace my 40 year old craftsman stands. Those craftsman stands were great...unfortunately they started rusting on the bottom so it was time to retire them.
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That wasn't something I had thought about...are they that much shorter than the wheelbase? Where does the wood contact the car?
The lift points are more set up for a 3 series, they are about 8 inches short in both directions when I set it up. I center the quickjack then lay a 2x6 on top of it to catch the 7's lift points, Make sure you get the 5 ton model. The 2x6's bend a little but I have never had a problem with it
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