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Old 10-15-2015, 06:45 AM   #1
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Hello,

A few months ago, I bought a second SL2. I have done a pretty good amount of work (brakes, suspension) and my jack is starting to fail after several years. My jack will drop its load by one inch every, let's say, 30 seconds. So you need to use QUALITY jack stands, and have them standing by.

I know the jack might just need a fluid change or bleeding, though I doubt it. If I need to do a rebuild, how do I identify the OEM? I really don't want to "just buy another one". If I can repair an unstable computer motherboard by soldering in new capacitors (of the correct type, brand and rating), I can rebuild my jack. I just need to find out what parts I need (just like the PC motherboard).

How do I identify the OEM of my jack to buy parts and rebuild it? This is the AutoZone Duralast 2.25-ton unit (NOT the "rapid rise" model that takes fewer handle pumps to raise the load). It was a package deal with two quality jack stands.

Please let me know how to ID the OEM on this. I'd rather rebuild than buy a new one.

Thanks!

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Old 10-15-2015, 08:01 AM   #2
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Why not start with new fluid and trying to get the fluid bleed screw to seal better, prior to trying to taking apart something with questionable parts ID, engineering and availability.

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Old 10-15-2015, 11:32 AM   #3
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I'm not sure how one would ID this floor jack unless some information remained stamped into the product itself. I did search on floor jack manufacturers and came up with one which pictures a 2.25 ton jack (with jack stands) like the one advertised on AutoZone's website. I'd expect this product to be made in China.

http://www.globalsources.com/manufac...loor-Jack.html

Scroll down to the tenth item on the first page of the link (hydraulic trolley jack). If you can find a company which repairs hydraulic floor jacks reasonably near you they may be able to tell you what company supplies AutoZone its DuraLast jack and whether or not it can be rebuilt.

http://hyjacks.com/H2.HTM

The above link is this company's sharing of history on what has happened to floor jack manufacturers....in case you might be interested.

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Old 10-20-2015, 05:54 AM   #4
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Thank you. I should add that I haven't tried anything yet, and of course I'll proceed with caution. I'll try the basic changing of the fluid first. I'm just grateful that car repairs *_should_* be over for a while.

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Old 10-21-2015, 05:50 AM   #5
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I've fixed them by just taking them apart, cleaning and putting them back together without changing anything but the fluid.

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Old 10-21-2015, 09:51 AM   #6
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Dex III/Mercron works fine as a jack fluid...as long as you get the old fluid out.

My Performance Tool (made by Wilmar Tools) 3ton jack (I go over-kill on my lifting equipment...hehe) managed to get an air bubble in the "impossible" to get at part, I figured it was toast as the fix's I could find didn't work so I bought another one. Figured out it wasn't sucking fluid back into the pump piston but if I poured fluid into it it'd jack & lock perfectly.
What finally fixed it was pulling the cylinder up, locking it in place, filling the housing to the fill screw hole (way way way overfull) and putting 100-200lbs of pressure on the lift pad while playing with the handle locking & unlocking it, eventually there was a sucking "POP" kind of sound and it's worked nearly perfectly ever since
So now I have 2 low profile 3ton jacks, the standard profile ones were the same price and went to the same height so I figured I start out with lower ones and have more car lifting ability.

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Old 10-22-2015, 01:11 AM   #7
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I just had to do an oil change in my jack... I must have gotten it about 13 or more years ago from Advance Auto. It would not pump so well once it got past half way up. The oil change did the trick. Let us know if it works for your problem too.

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Dear sir I noticed you had repaired a p.c.m. I was wondering if you could tell me what to look for in my 99 saturn sl pcm Iam not getting fire to my spark plugs and have done all the normal fixes but still no spark won:t start I took my pcm apart and noticed it was very clean inside no burn marks all prongs were very clean I was thinking you might have some ideas for me I also am needing to repair my floor jack ive had it many years and it is well built surely it would be fixable thanks for any thoughts Dogman68

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