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How to use a bottle jack

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Step 1 – Assemble handle

Assemble the two piece handle.

If it has spring clips then make sure it aligns with the slots. If it has a bayonet connector, insert the pins into the L-shaped slots.

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Step 2 – Park vehicle

Park your vehicle ensuring the handbrake is on and chocks are placed securely under the wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving.

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Step 3  – Close release valve

Close the release valve by turning it clockwise as tightly as possible.

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Step 4 – Locate lifting point

Identify the lifting point on your vehicle and centre the saddle under the lift point. Refer to the vehicle owner’s manual for the correct lifting point.

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Step 5 – Adjust saddle

The saddle can be unscrewed using the extension screw to make contact with the vehicle. Unscrewing the saddle reduces the amount of pumping required. Ideally, adjust this until it rests against the lifting point of the vehicle.

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Step 6 – Attach handle and pump

Place the handle into the socket and pump to raise the saddle to contact with the lifting point.

Continue pumping to raise vehicle to desired height.

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Step 7 – Place axle stands

Secure the lifted load immediately onto the correct capacity axle stands. Lower the vehicle onto the axle stands by inserting the pump handle into the release valve and turning it gently anti-clockwise until the jack begins to lower.
Re-tighten (clockwise) the release valve once the weight is supported on the stands.

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Step 8 – Lower vehicle to ground

Raise the vehicle just clear of the axle stands so that they can be removed.

Again, use the handle to carefully control the release valve. The speed of the load that is being lowered can be controlled by how far you turn the release valve. The smaller the turn, the slower the load will lower.