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Old 08-19-2018, 04:47 PM
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Floor jack rubber pads??

I'm still in the process of gathering all the tools to work on my rotors and brake calipers.
I got some Esco jack stands, I have the BMW-fitting aluminum jack pad adapters, and per recommendation for some of the good folks here got a 3-ton Harbor Freight Pittsburgh car jack.
All good, but now I find that the floor jack comes without a rubber pad. At the store I only got blank stares (as in why would anyone need that for their truck??).

The rubber pads from the Esco stands don't fit. Neither does the 5" wide rubber pad I just received form Amazon (too big). Any recommendations where to fine one that would fit?

I don't want to lift the car at the central jack points or the differential without a rubber pad.
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Old 08-19-2018, 06:30 PM
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Get BMW jack pads, they are essential to distribute spread the stress and avoid metal-to -metal point to point contact.
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Old 08-19-2018, 06:36 PM
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Get BMW jack pads, they are essential to distribute spread the stress and avoid metal-to -metal point to point contact.
Not sure what you mean by that or if my question isn't clear enough.
I already have the jack pads that fit into the little plastic recepticles on the side of the car.
I'm looking for a rubber pad that would fit on my floor jack (Harbor Freight 3 ton) to lift up the car front center and back center to put it on jack stands.
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Old 08-20-2018, 02:23 PM
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Bock of wood will do nicely too.


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Old 08-20-2018, 02:37 PM
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Indeed, I misunderstood. Yes, a block of soft wood should do fine, as big as is convenient but bigger than the jack's pad..

My VW had the jack points marked but they were only a triple thickness standing seam. I cut an undersized slot in a soft pine 2x4 to prevent bending the seam jack point.

The point is that the metal of the jack is harder and stiffer than the metal of the frame and any unevenness of the frame will bend to conform to the jack because all of the stress, pounds per square-inch is concentrated in a tiny area - pounds lifted DIVIDED by the area. That's why a knife edge works to cut, your hand force DIVIDED by the contact area of the sharp edge.
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I purchased the HF Daytona ( yellow) jack a while back.. I believe it came with a rubber lift point...
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Old 08-20-2018, 03:22 PM
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I purchased the HF Daytona ( yellow) jack a while back.. I believe it came with a rubber lift point...
It does. Though the ones in the store were almost square so I wasn't sure if the BMW style adapters would fit also.

I may just go and return it and get the Craftsman from Home Depot.
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Old 08-20-2018, 03:43 PM
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I'm a fan of the "block of wood" pad.
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Old 08-20-2018, 04:10 PM
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I'm a fan of the "block of wood" pad.
Yikes. No. I could go on a rant now about American engineering and how all tools seem to be cheap Chinese crap now.

I won't give up though. Either I find a 4.5" rubber pad that fits the Harbor Freight or I'll have to go shell out more money on a real jack.
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Old 08-22-2018, 07:35 AM
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hockey puck works well, too...cut into a block or cut out like the many jack pad adapters sold out there.
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Old 08-27-2018, 02:23 PM
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Yikes. No. I could go on a rant now about American engineering and how all tools seem to be cheap Chinese crap now.

I won't give up though. Either I find a 4.5" rubber pad that fits the Harbor Freight or I'll have to go shell out more money on a real jack.
There are a ton of jack pads out there...molded from cheapo rubber in China and smell of sulfur curing agent for days..leave em out side...work fine...here are some under 3 inches in diameter...don't worry about them being smaller than your jack saddle...once the car weight comes on em they lock down on the saddle face just fine!
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Old 10-05-2019, 05:00 AM
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It should always be, a hard blade on soft Rubber, if it comes with the matter of floor mats. I remembered a few days ago, at our garage, basement, we tried installing the rubber mats, instead of tiles, but, after a few months, the rubber mats started getting cuts in between. After consulting with one of the most renowned flooring installers from the zothex flooring, they suggested having a Tile flooring or carpet flooring over there. The suggestions given by them are so valuable that we proceeded further to have a hardwood floor in the garage. Likewise, you can also take some helpful hints from such experts.
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Old 10-12-2019, 09:47 PM
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Unless you want something really fancy... i have cut up some bath mats into a few round pieces for car jacks.. also for taking pins of of gun receivers. Work great. Not slippery .
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Old 10-15-2019, 01:27 PM
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Maybe it's just me but I feel like your WAY over thinking this whole thing... And I have the same jack.. the block of 2x4 works like a champ...and protects my car from hard metal to metal contact.

But if you gotta have a specific kind of mat .. I guess more power to you.. seems like Overkill just to jack your car up once every 6-12 months...if that.
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