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Offline bigBri

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trolley jack advice
« on: April 01, 2018, 05:40:09 pm »
after my success at finding out if I had a mk 1 or 2, thought I would try again ha ha ha.. I've got to change the lower ball joint on the passenger side, could I do this off the jack supplied with axle stand or I've been looking in Halfords and they have a short wheel base trolley jack, would this be ok, as I understand it, it may not have enough lift reach..
I've also got another little problem.. the wife.. no no.. I meant she hit the passenger electric wing mirror off, well she snapped it trying to dodge a bus, tried a few scappys to be told, taxis,taxis taxis

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Re: trolley jack advice
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2018, 08:23:45 pm »
One of the cheap 2 tonne Chinese trolley jacks you can buy at most DIY stores and motor factors is perfectly adequate for most jobs on the Galaxy. You could probably get away with the supplied jack and an axle stand, but a trolley jack and axle stands makes life a lot easier. You will also need a longish bar to bar the bottom arm down while you give it a whack on the side to release the taper, or a good balljoint splitter, and also a decent set of allen keys and a chisel to split the ball joint from the hub carrier.

Don't jack on the sills with a trolley jack, you will crush them without a proper/improvised support. I usually jacked on the chassis rails using a bit of wood or rubber pad to protect the underseal, or jack under the subframe bolts.

I would have thought a scrappy would have fitted you up with a passenger side mirror, they seem to be easier to find. Otherwise, there should be something on eBay.

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Re: trolley jack advice
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2018, 08:54:42 pm »
I usually use the same place to jack on the front - there's an outrigger that sticks out from it, be aware that this is a common point to start rotting away before you use it to jack on though (the rail itself is fine, its where the outrigger joins to the rail that seems to start going). Its been a while since i've been under mine, but I think that runs far enough back to use for the back, and as Paul says one of the basic 2 tonne jacks is adequate to use. it doesn't need much lifting to get the wheel off anyway.

The one that comes with the car is OK for changing a wheel on level ground, but nothing much more (any sort of slope they can be downright dangerous on that one as it can topple off far too easily). I certainly wouldn't want to risk putting an axle stand under the car with it only supported with the vehicle jack (at least if your fitting the spare wheel you can drop that off first and stick it under the car incase it does fall while your removing the wheel)

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Re: trolley jack advice
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2018, 10:06:50 pm »
The standard jacks that come with VAG scare the shit out of me.
I’ve had some fail, and I’ve had a near miss. Hence why I always have a jack in the back of the car now!  :D

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Re: trolley jack advice
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2018, 10:11:26 pm »
Have a look on sgs engineering website I got a decent double piston 3 ton jack with large plate and rubber block for not much more than the cheap 2 ton ones.

I usually jack off the subframe where lower arm bolts on at rear then put stand under the chassis rail.


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Re: trolley jack advice
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2018, 10:50:24 pm »
I wouldnt want to be splitting the lower arm joint with it on a standard jack, the kick I have seen when they separate could easily knock it off...
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Re: trolley jack advice
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2018, 11:33:57 am »
I usually jack off the subframe where lower arm bolts on at rear then put stand under the chassis rail.

Ditto, that's where I usually jacked & placed the stands at the front, unless the stand would be in the way.

I believe the OP was intending working off an axle stand, a scissor jack would get you there at a pinch. Mirez is right though, you never want to be working off a jack, especially anything to do with suspension, where you could be tugging and pushing. I have been known to do minor brake repairs off a trolley jack, with a block of wood or a roadwheel under the sill, just in case.

I have to admit, in nearly 14+ years of owning a Galaxy, I've never used the jack supplied. I don't like them at all.

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Re: trolley jack advice
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2018, 02:05:55 pm »
Ditto, that's where I usually jacked & placed the stands at the front, unless the stand would be in the way.

I believe the OP was intending working off an axle stand, a scissor jack would get you there at a pinch. Mirez is right though, you never want to be working off a jack, especially anything to do with suspension, where you could be tugging and pushing. I have been known to do minor brake repairs off a trolley jack, with a block of wood or a roadwheel under the sill, just in case.

I have to admit, in nearly 14+ years of owning a Galaxy, I've never used the jack supplied. I don't like them at all.

I've used that type of jack twice (its a fairly standard type for Fords). Once on the Galaxy to change a punctured tyre in a carpark (screw picked up in it) and once to change one on a Mondeo on the side of the M1. Yes done the same with repairs to brakes (stuck wheel under car and worked off trolley jack instead) but at least with wheels it can move to stay level unlike the vehicle jack. Though even that isn't a guarantee as I've once had a trolley jack get stuck and ended up twisting over due to a less than ideal surface being used. Luckily it only ruined the jack and nothing more though.

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Re: trolley jack advice
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2018, 12:35:43 am »
cheers for the advice gents, I'm pretty sure no ladies left any advice, so they won't mind me missing them out , trolley jack and axle stand shopping tomorrow it is then, I'm pretty sure I've got a few more questions later on thanks again

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