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Heads Up! HF Jackstands recall

Serious warning time guys. Nobody here get squashed, okay?

https://www.thedrive.com/news/33572/...CpJbljn-WJ-9w8
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When you buy jack stands, think about buying the ones with the ratchet arm lock and a locking pin backup. Also, drive on ramps are not always safe, as they can tip over or collapse. And don't rely on just a hydraulic jack to hold up your car. Finally, the factory jack, if your car has one is only designed to pick up the car a handful of times in it's life. Be safe.


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To ford's credit, at least it was a scissors jack I got when I bought a jack, donut spare, lug wrench, etc. from a wrecked GT. Safer design than some factory jacks I've seen. Really though, factory jacks should only be used for tire changes...you needn't get any body parts under the car to do that.

Gee...no spare came in my Bullitt. Just a can of goo and an air pump. Now I get it...Ford just wanted us to be safe, right?

(edit) More on the topic from a guy on another car site I visit. I'll keep him anonymous, but his tech advice is valued there:

"People don't let the pawl come to a full rest. It's easy to do. While raising the car follow the jack up as you go lifting the post to a new 'click' with each couple of pumps. This actually ensures that the jack will be in the proper place when the car is lowered onto the post saddle.

But, folks don't make sure that the pawl dropped in solid. Once it begins to fall it won't catch the one below — too fast and violent of a fall.

Then there's the shifting/twisting thing. I can imagine all the doofuses that use these on asphalt, dirt and unlevel concrete.

HF should put a sign in the door, "Stupid, don't come here," but then the place would be empty.

I don't care where you buy jacks stands, they are made in China. Even Grainger sells a set for $77 and it says right there on the page, "Country of Origin - China."

The USA made ones get close to 2 bill$/pr. and go way up from there.
Some are hybrids being assembled in the US using "globally sourced parts."
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Serious warning time guys. Nobody here get squashed, okay?

https://www.thedrive.com/news/33572/...CpJbljn-WJ-9w8
Thank you! I have two of the jack stands (61196) in question, which can actually be seen in my garage photos (pic 7). To think of all the times I've been under the car and relied on those to keep me from being "squashed". Thanks again.
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I call FOUL! I'm glad Harbor Freight recalled these death traps, but "can be exchanged for a GIFT CARD?" Really? What kind of monkey business is THAT????

Tightwad fools should be shoved up against a wall and smacked silly! I want my cash American money! They can take that gift card and CRAM IT!

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!
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If you want to cram a gift card you need a special tool for that, not available at HF.
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If you want to cram a gift card you need a special tool for that, not available at HF.
If they did it would probably have to include a warning label that read: "CAUTION: MAY CAUSE REDNESS, SWELLING AND SEVERE HEMORRHOIDS WITH EXTENDED USE."

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Thank you! I have two of the jack stands (61196) in question, which can actually be seen in my garage photos (pic 7). To think of all the times I've been under the car and relied on those to keep me from being "squashed". Thanks again.
Glad I could help. Like I said, I'd hate to learn of anyone here being squashed.

Another tip...of you have wheels & tires off when on jackstands, just in case, slip them where they'd catch the car in case of failure. Another bit of space could make a difference.
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Forget all those Jack Stands and Hydraulic Jacks, I will just stick with my trusty old Bumper Jack that came in my 60s/70s Muscle Car. How can you go wrong with one of those, after all, they are OEM.
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These sure cost more than the HF units...but look like a damned safe design to me.

https://www.pelicanparts.com/catalog...Ojs-detail.htm

(edit) Rough calculation, around $350 for a set of 4 if you want both post designs...on the other hand, how much is a hospital stay or a funeral?

Me? Got too damned old to crawl under cars. I go to the dealership for service.

(edit) Price warning..the above link is on a Porsche/BMW/Mercedes parts site...prices probably reflect what is known as a "Porsche Tax". Searching may find them cheaper..
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Glad I could help. Like I said, I'd hate to learn of anyone here being squashed.

Another tip...of you have wheels & tires off when on jackstands, just in case, slip them where they'd catch the car in case of failure. Another bit of space could make a difference.
Most of the time I've had another jack or two for support, either a scissor or hydraulic jack, but it's the time when I don't that could end in disaster.
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If you want to cram a gift card you need a special tool for that, not available at HF.
A little general purpose grease, or KY if you please, and cramming isn't necessary. It'll just slide right in.
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Dunno why this subject won't quit me. Anyway, these may be kinder on the budget and also look pretty safe. Do the magnifier trick and look for the shiny metal part that's triangular shape. It's a pin you can insert to lock the slide in it's place...sort of a double lock safety feature. I suspect these are the kind Bullitt 4404 described in his first post...

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Pro-Lift-...ll&athena=true
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A little general purpose grease, or KY if you please, and cramming isn't necessary. It'll just slide right in.
So then, basically what you're saying is "cram the tool?"

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So then, basically what you're saying is "cram the tool?"
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