Ram 1500

I have a quad cab 1500 Ram. The registration says it's 7000 lbs. I have a 2 ton jack. I jacked the truck up at the front right wheel, which was flat.
It took all of my strength to pump up the last few pumps. I was afraid it would fail, and it was creaking a lot. Will a 2 ton jack hold safely this load? Theoretically, it should hold at least 1/2 the truck's weight. But, as hard as the last 4 or 5 pumps were, I was concerned the jack would fail. Any opinions?
thanks Brian
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Is it a hydralic floor or cylinder jack? When is the last time you checked the fluid level in the jack? I know when my 3 ton got low once, it was a pain in the ass to use.
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Brian wrote:

Your registration isn't going to tell you how much the truck wieghs. I have a 2500 quad cab 4X4 with the (heavy) diesel engine and it weighs less than 7,000 lbs empty. Maybe your jack is reaching the end of it's range of travel. The 2 ton capacity should be plenty to lift a wheel off the ground. Will a 2 ton jack safely hold the load? No. The jack is for lifting, not holding. Get jack-stands to hold the load. I refuse to go under any vehicle that's held up by a hydraulic jack.
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Something else to look at too is what is the "reach" of your jack? A lot of your "inexpensive" (even Craftsman) jacks have a reach on them that may not be enough for your truck. You may think about getting one for trucks and suv's as they lift higher.
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Or maybe his jack won't go up high enough. ;^)
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Yeah that too! Never saw your when I posted mine. That is the biotch of using a web based "group reader" I am not using all the services cox has, as I am packing, tearing down, and stopping services since I move in three days. God I will be glad when this is done!
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On Mon, 28 May 2007 23:13:11 GMT, "Brian"

Generally you want a Jack that has to use less than 50% of its rated capacity to jack with. There is about 4000 lb of weight on your front axle and when you jack it out inboard of the wheel you are actually lifting more than half the weight on the axle and a 2 ton jack will work pretty hard on such a load as will be seen by the effort required to use it. I suggest a 3 ton bottle jack here minimum as it will reduce effort to raise it and it will have a bigger base and more saftey reserve capacity. The lowest capacity jack I have here is a 2 3/4 ton floor jack and I have a 3 and 5 ton bottle jack too. The 5 ton is about 20 years old now too and never break a sweat with any 4x4 or trailer axle I jack up with it. ----------------- TheSnoMan.com
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On Tue, 29 May 2007 12:30:45 +0000, SnoMan wrote:

let me get this straight...you say there's 4000 lbs on the front axle of a 1500 series truck????
right?????
hmmmmm
according to: http://www.autoweb.com/content/research/vir/index.cfm/vehicle_number_int/1013258/Action/StandardFeatures
the truck only weighs 4934 lbs
hmmmmmm
<MATH> (NO CALCULATOR) thats only 934 lbs rear weight </MATH> don't quite seem right but then i've never had one on a scale (empty that is)
just a hunch but ya think you may be off a bit??
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