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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
let me get this straight...you say there's 4000 lbs on the front axle of a
1500 series truck????
the truck only weighs 4934 lbs
<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
just a hunch but ya think you may be off a bit??
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