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Floor jack - have to step on it to lower #5245783 10/21/19 09:01 AM
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I have a floor jack that I need to step on for it to lower all the way down. I turn the handle, vehicle drops, pull it out and I have to push it down to get it down the last inch or so. Any ideas?


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Re: Floor jack - have to step on it to lower [Re: HoosierJeeper] #5245791 10/21/19 09:08 AM
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I can only compare it to mine, they both have a return spring. You probably need to lube it up it may just be a minor bind...


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Re: Floor jack - have to step on it to lower [Re: HoosierJeeper] #5245801 10/21/19 09:20 AM
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Too much fluid ?


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Re: Floor jack - have to step on it to lower [Re: WyrTwister] #5245892 10/21/19 10:49 AM
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Mine definitely slows down at the very bottom of it's travel and I have used my foot to push it down on occasion. Didn't think much of it though....

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Too much fluid ?
I have one of the very common Harbor Freight floor jacks (steel, 3-ton, rapid-pump) and heh, just checked the manual about filling it.... As many know, HF has multiple versions of many parts. For this floor jack, they have (4) versions. I may have downloaded the wrong manual for mine. Three of them say
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Add high grade hydraulic fluid (sold separately) slowly until the fluid reaches 1/4″ below the top of the Fill Port.
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Add high grade hydraulic fluid into the fill hole slowly until the fluid reaches the top of the hole.

Re: Floor jack - have to step on it to lower [Re: HoosierJeeper] #5246035 10/21/19 12:47 PM
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I've never added/changed fluid on it, it's just a couple years old. Just started this a month or two ago. Good idea on the return spring! I'll check that.


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Re: Floor jack - have to step on it to lower [Re: HoosierJeeper] #5246120 10/21/19 01:58 PM
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Possibly binding due to accumulated friction at all the pivot points from lack of lubrication. The spring should be adequate if the pivot points have lube.

Re: Floor jack - have to step on it to lower [Re: HoosierJeeper] #5250463 10/26/19 09:02 AM
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I have a fairly new Harbor Freight 4 ton floor jack. Occasionally I have to put some weight on it to get it to fully come down. I was attributing it to the possibility that the Jack needed to break in a bit. I’m wondering if that is the case now. The Jack functions perfectly otherwise.


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