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    Car Trolley Jack Recommendations Please?

    As per title. I need to take a front wheel off my car to have it refinished due to a **** up with parking and pavements.

    I have no experience of trolley jacks before so needs to be fairly idiot proof.

    Is it generally better to lift a car across/by the axle instead of by a side only?

    Any newbie advice welcomed.

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    Car Trolley Jack Recommendations Please?

    If you’re taking the wheel off for a while it’s best to leave it on an axle stand rather than a trolley jack for any period of time. As for which trolley jack to use,I’m still using a cheap one I picked up from Argos 25 years ago.
    My point is don’t spend a fortune,just make sure it’s rated for the weight of your vehicle. I’ve always placed the jack on the lifting points under the sills and never had any issues.


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    Re: Car Trolley Jack Recommendations Please?

    Agree with Ross about not supporting car for any length of time in trolley jack. Either use axle stands or bricks for cheap option.

    I use a Halfords trolley jack. If your car is low check that trolley jack will fit under wheel. I have to use a ramp in order to get trolley jack under front of mine.

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    Re: Car Trolley Jack Recommendations Please?

    You need low profile and good quality. The car should have specific lifting points in the sill. A piece of rubber matt or soft wood on the jack head should prevent damage.
    Solid/axle stands for longer term as above.

    These look pretty robust...not used them mind.
    https://www.sgs-engineering.com/gara.../trolley-jacks

    There are special lifting pads too; https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N3QKX...d-9d90189430a3

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    Chips Away

    I just use this company for alloy wheel repairs as they come to your driveway, do everything for you and are very cheap!

    http://www.chipsaway.co.uk/

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    Re: Car Trolley Jack Recommendations Please?

    +1 on what Alex says. The lifting pads are a good idea. iuse small bits of wood butt those rubbers are better.

    For alloy refurb I can recommend Lepsons in Gillingham http://www.lepsons.com/ I had 4 alloys refurbed & Diamond cut and am very happy with them.

    Not local for you Andy, but they have a service where you courier the wheels to them

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    Re: Car Trolley Jack Recommendations Please?

    Halfords often do deals on a trolley jack and a pair of axle stands. Been using mine for 15yrs + now, no issues

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    Re: Car Trolley Jack Recommendations Please?

    Thanks for the info so far lads. There is a very good refurb place near me but I dont want my car in their compound / carpark for 4 days whilst the wheel is being redone. They will come and jack the car and take the wheel, fix and return and refit, but I would like to be able to remove the wheel myself.

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    Re: Car Trolley Jack Recommendations Please?

    Quote Originally Posted by soofsayer View Post
    Thanks for the info so far lads. There is a very good refurb place near me but I dont want my car in their compound / carpark for 4 days whilst the wheel is being redone. They will come and jack the car and take the wheel, fix and return and refit, but I would like to be able to remove the wheel myself.
    Just buy a 2-post lift and have done with it

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    Re: Car Trolley Jack Recommendations Please?

    Quote Originally Posted by alex View Post
    You need low profile and good quality. The car should have specific lifting points in the sill. A piece of rubber matt or soft wood on the jack head should prevent damage.
    Solid/axle stands for longer term as above.

    These look pretty robust...not used them mind.
    https://www.sgs-engineering.com/gara.../trolley-jacks

    There are special lifting pads too; https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N3QKX...d-9d90189430a3
    Thanks Alex, I have bought a trolley jack, axle stands and all the pads from these guys.

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