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Old 02-23-2007, 11:05 AM   #1
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Default my floor jack is dying.

It's a Craftsman 1.5 ton jack, and it's really gotten bad lately. It leaks oil bad whenever you pump the handle and I'm pretty sure there's almost none left, I was worried last night that I wasn't going to be able to get my car down off of the jackstands with it.

Does Sears cover hydraulics the same way they guarantee other tools?

Should I just keep feeding it oil?
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Don't know about the warranty, give them a call.

As for feeding it oil... I wouldn't. It will end up failing on you when you need it most. I had an engine hoist that had a slight problem bleeding down pressure, didn't worry about it to much, then one night before a race while pulling a motor it got so bad that we had to let the air out of car's front tires and have someone stand on the subframe to load up the front suspension in order to get the motor out. Big pain in the ***.
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Jacks can be cheap. Pick up one from Harbor Freight for $20 and throw it away when it fails.
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Every jack fails sooner or later... nothing you can really do about it. You might be able to extend it's life a bit by tightening the nut at the leak. When you tighten the nut it expands the seal more and MAY slow/stop the leak for a while. It worked on my craftsman jack so I could get a few more months out of it... and my AC Delco jack is still working a year after the "mod"
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I have some cheap jacks that are pushing 20 yrs old... They don't get the work out they used too... but I have found that just removing the valve screw (the one you turn to lower the jack) and adding hydraulic fluid, seems to get a few more yrs out of it. The seals in those jacks are designed to leak, its what lubs the piston/cylinder, so eventually they all will fail...

Remove the screw (the one you lower the jack with)
Add fluid
manually extend the piston and add more fluid, if after you add the fluid, it doesn't go down all the way, bleed off some of the fluid...

FWIW one of my 'jacks' holds almost 5 gallons of Hydraulic fluid...
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I feel your pain. I'm on my 4th Craftsman 4 ton floor jack in 2 years. I hate ******* Crapsman. They only warranty their jacks for one year and they will not service hydraulic products. When this one fails, I'm buying a cheap Harbor Freight jack. Don't get me started on their power tools.
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can you really trust anything you buy at sears?
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You could before K-mart took them over. They used to have a great return policy for defective parts. Now, they don't give a ****.
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Craftsman has gone to ****. You should either buy NICE tools (SnapOn) or shitty ones (HF).
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I love my hf jack.
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I've had a lower % of problems with my HF tools this year than my craftsman tools... that's pretty damned sad.
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I dont know guys,the sears around hear kicks ***.ive broken a wooden ball pean hammer handle and they gave me a new hammer .no questions asked.
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I have been really happy with this one. Going on 5 years now.
http://www.etoolcart.com/index.asp?P...ROD&ProdID=331
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wow that's a baller jack.
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Yes, 1.5 ton (sexy, light aluminum) all you need. I have a heavy *** pos 3 ton jack. It sucks.
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My jack is similarly light and sexy. Plus if I shimmy it in from the back it actually fits beneath my car.. unlike my previous jack.
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this is mine
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=91039

I needed to bleed it out of the box, but other than that its been rock solid. its light and decently fast.

Ive had it for 2 years now I think, and its been to the track many times, and its low enough to get under my miata...
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