Most high quality floor jacks will give you years of service without any trouble at all. However, it’s a good idea to do a little routine inspection and maintenance every once in a while to keep your jack in tip-top shape. Follow the simple steps below and your floor jack will always be ready when you need it.
- Lubricate the hinge points with a high quality grease
- Lubricate the front and rear wheel axles with a high quality grease
- Visually inspect the body, lifting arm, and handle of your floor jack for any cracks or signs of excessive wear. If defects are found you will want to have the jack repaired by a professional or buy a new one.
- Inspect all nuts, bolts and fasteners to make sure that they are in place and secure. If needed, tighten and replace as necessary
- The hydraulic system in a floor jack is a closed system. The oil level should remain the same over time unless there is a leak in the system. Before using your floor jack after an extended storage period make sure to check the hydraulic fluid level using the fill plug. If the level is low then you should top it off with hydraulic oil and look for any signs of leakage
- Before storing your floor jack, make sure that you wipe it down with a lightly oiled rag. This will ensure that the metal parts don’t rust while in storage
- Always store your floor jack with the hydraulic piston in the fully retracted position
That’s it. There’s not much to it. If you follow the steps above you should be able to use your floor jack safely for years to come.