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    Who makes a reliable car jack?

    Bought a Michelin (Chinese) jack at Sams a few years ago. Used it 9 or 10 times on a light car. Used car stands, so did not abuse it.

    Pulled it out today and started to jack the car up and all the hydraulic oil shot out of it. What a mess.

    When my dad died he had some USA bottle jacks from the 1950's. They didn't work, must have needed oil too. Wonder if I should have kept them and tried to get them fixed? Or is this a common problem with hydraulic jacks USA or Chinese?

    Who makes a reliable car jack?

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    I've had no problems with the one I bought from Harbor Freight:
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    I have a 3000 lb. capacity US General (Harbor Freight) aluminum low profile floor jack that has worked very well for 2.5 + years. That model is no longer on their web site.
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    It's hit or miss really, they all seem to break. When I buy another one I'd ensure that it's easily/cheaply re-buildable and/or has a kick ass warranty.
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    Every jack I've had has broken except my latest from Harbor Freight. I have the smaller of the two blue/silver lightweight aluminum racing jacks.
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    Wait you guys buy jacks from harbor freight? Aren't their stuff very cheaply made with low quality?

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    Quote Originally Posted by armindk View Post
    Wait you guys buy jacks from harbor freight? Aren't their stuff very cheaply made with low quality?
    Depends on the item.

    I use an old hand-me-down Sears jack. Heavy and huge but I can use the exercise. Reliable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by armindk View Post
    Wait you guys buy jacks from harbor freight? Aren't their stuff very cheaply made with low quality?
    A lot of it is and I would be very careful of what I bought from HF.

    It seems like everyone in the the autocross group I run with uses the US General jacks. I asked around and they all said they worked well.

    They are made in China like nearly everything else these days, but seem to be a good solid jack. Good luck buying any affordable jack that is not made in China.

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    Yes the Sears is quite a jack -- but I would buy a Harbor Freight for autox because the Sears is so much heavier than anything made of Al.
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    Yeah Sears has good quality tools but they have higher prices as well. Usually if they have "Made in Germany" or "Made in USA" on them they are good!

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