Where and how do you lift your car in a case of flat tire?

Discussion in 'Camaro Questions' started by ISRcamaro, Dec 2, 2016.

  1. ISRcamaro

    ISRcamaro Veteran Member

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    Do you use the original old-school bumper jacks? scissors jack?
     
  2. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I won't use the bumper jack on a 78-81. (But it's in my trunk.)
    It will flex the bumper around the jack slot and crack the paint. :(

    I use a floor jack under the frame rail or differential when I need to raise the car for work.
    I've been lucky and haven't had a flat tire on my Camaro since 1985.
     
  3. ISRcamaro

    ISRcamaro Veteran Member

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    I know don't know why they did it. Those kind of jacks aren't so safe too...

    AND seriously?!!?!?? You deserve a medal!
     
  4. Gary S

    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    When my Camaro was my daily driver, I carried a small screw-up jack from a Chevy pickup so I could lift it from the A frame in front or the axle in the rear. But, I don't ever remember having a flat on my Camaro in 46 years of ownership. I always ran the best tires I could find, and had good luck with them.
    The original bumper jack is in the trunk, but I never used it.
     
  5. ISRcamaro

    ISRcamaro Veteran Member

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    What roads are you driving?? You 2???
    I had like 4-5 flat tires in my life (I'm 30) cause of metal debris or nails or glasses.
    I'm being jealous :D
     
  6. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Nobody loses nails on the roads in the Dakota Territory!
    That would be wasteful! :eek:

    Why.... When it was time to move, folks would burn down log cabins just to reclaim the hardware!
    (Gary probably remembers those days. ;) )

    After I found out the paint would crack... I, too, carried a Chevy Luv (mini pickup)screw jack for years just in case I ever needed it.
    I've used it for other projects requiring a compact jack (bottom mount bathroom sink installation) but never needed it for a flat on a car.
     
  7. ISRcamaro

    ISRcamaro Veteran Member

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    I have a scissors jack I think it's the most common kind here and just want to know the right and correct why so I won't damage myself and the car.
    Well, you saw a lot of my posts and my progress post. You saw how many questions I have...
    This project is a pretty hard one and I'm trying to do my best.
     
  8. Gary S

    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    Yes, they lose nails, and occasionally I pick one up in a tire, but good quality tires seal around the nail and hold enough air so you can keep driving them. I try to look at the tires once a month or so in the garage and if I see one that is a bit low, I check it for nails. This way I get to repair it in my garage where I have a floor jack. It beats having to change a tire on the road.
     
  9. John Wright

    John Wright Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    The last time that I saw a bumper jack in use, it didn't end well. The fella managed to jack it by the rear bumper high enough to get the rear suspension hanging and watched the jack lean over, and the car rolled forward into the car parked in front of him.
     
  10. 72BIGBLOCK

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    Hahaha sorry thy was just funny ^^^
     

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