How to remove the jack stands from a car

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 Whatever goes up must come down. You need to do some maintenance or minor repairs on your car and you have raised the car onto jack stands.

Now, the work is done and you need to get the car back on its wheels. How do you go about it? Follow the steps below to do it safely and with no damage to the car or risk of injury on your part.

How to remove the jack stands from a car

Clear your work area

Before you go ahead and start lowering the vehicle from the jack stands, you should first clear the work area. Remove all tools after finishing whatever you were working on.

Make sure that there is nothing under the car; from the garage creeper of you were using one to any nuts, bolts or parts removed from the vehicle for disposal. You should also remove any secondary safety measures you had used, like any tire or wooden blocks.

With all of that done, you can go ahead to the first step.

Raising the vehicle off the jack stand

Dependent on the way you had raised the car, place the floor jack under the same jack port you had used when raising. Raise the floor jack to gently take the weight off the stands.

This will enable you to free the jack stands and get them out of the way for the next part. Ensure the saddle is not in contact with the car’s body before pulling the jack stand.

Releasing the jack stands

If you were using a ratchet type jack stand, release the locking lever that clamps down on the ratchets on the center column, and the column will slide down by its self.

For a Pin type jack stand, pull out the pin- releasing the center column that slides down on its own. In the case of a threaded type jack stand, just rotate the center column anti-clockwise to lower it down.

Lowering the floor jack

Do this after moving the jack stands away from the work area. Open the release valvethat releases the hydraulic fluid holding the lifting arm or ram (for a bottle jack), and let the vehicle come down on its own.

After the floor jack is detached from the car’s body frame, push it all the way down with either your hands or with a foot. Close the release valve before storing it.

In case you were using an all-in-one jack stand

With an all in one jack stand, the steps you take are different. Here, it is much simpler; all you do is release the locking lever and then open the release valve that releases the hydraulic fluid holding the lifting arm or ram (for a bottle jack). The jack will come down by the cars own weight.

Wheel Chocks

These are the last things to remove. After getting the jack stands and the floor jack off the work area and storing them appropriately, go ahead and remove the wheel chocks from their resting places. Now, you are done.

Conclusion

Lowering a car from jack stands is usually a short affair. This though, should not imply that you could take any risks. Be cautious because, with a simple slip, the car can come crashing down, causing harm or damage to the vehicle. Follow the procedures sequentially and you will have your car on all fours in no time. Try it out.

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Steven Reilly
Steven Reilly is a qualified mechanic and his passion for cars goes beyond just the technical aspects. He is also an amateur racer and all round car enthusiast. When he is not driving them, he can often be found in his garage under the hood of a rare model. Steven Reilly has lost track of the number of hours he has spent setting up his fine collection of rebuilt models. He believes that cars can provide a constructive and fun opportunity to teach the youth important life skills. In line with this, he is developing a community outreach program, potentially dubbed ‘Cars for change'.

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