Fill & Bleed a floor jack

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all right I'm going to make this video

because there are enough videos out

there right now enough people out there

right now who will send you down the

wrong path on this so I'm going to show

you the right way this is a good

well-made three-ton floor jack I'm going

to show you works on the if it's a good

well-made floor jack 2 x 4 x 6 8 10 ton

jacks they all work on the same

principle so don't fret that this all

works the same

first thing is you can come back here

and see these two little plugs that one

and that one there's nothing in there

for you you don't need them

leave them alone they're not fill plugs

just leave it be what you're looking for

is right over here on the cylinder

itself that is a little rubber plug on

the cylinder get yourself a little small

screwdriver pull that out of there don't

tear it don't rip it up you're gonna

need it again pull that out of there

come back over here

and turn the valve open which is

counterclockwise it'll make this turn

clockwise but you're going to spin the

handle counterclockwise come back over

here fill that up with hydraulic jack

fluid don't use motor oil

motor oil will compress and you don't

want some something that will compress

while you've got a car over here

automatic transmission fluid or brake

fluid they will eat the seals out of

your Jack do not use that stuff

hydraulic jack oil you can go to

autozone or sitting pick it up three

bucks a quart fill that all the way up

as far as you can stick your little

rubber plug back on there turn back

around here

close the valve by turning the handle

clockwise which will turn this

counterclockwise and cycle it for five

six times whatever you feel like

just get it cycled up all the way down

all the way up all the way down all the

way for five six times now if it takes

you a lot of pumps to get it started or

if it kind of gets herky-jerky on the

way up and down while you're doing that

that's fine don't fret that don't worry

about it

in fact that's kind of what you're

looking for once you do that four or

five times wherever you feel like come

back over here put it all the way down

open that plug again now when you open

that plug you are probably going to hear

the hiss of a little air well that's all

the air you just bled out of the system

and the system is nothing more than a

valve and a passage that's it you don't

have very far to go to bleed one of


bleed it out of there open it up you

probably won't but you might need

another touch or two the oil put the oil

back in there plug it back up you're

good to go you won't have to touch this

thing for probably another ten years or

so if you have to do it then this one is

a good well-made american-made Jack

you're not going to blow the seals out

of this thing

they're heavy-duty they're made for that

sort of thing a car is lightweight too a

cylinder like that the only time I've

ever seen in my entire life anything

wrong with one of these Jack's was 150

years ago when I was a kid right down

there on that plunger that's what

actuates the pump in that bore is a

little o-ring sometimes that o-ring will

deteriorate you get to take that out

take these bolts off both sides pull

this handle out it'll slide right out of

that plunger then just pull the plunger

straight up get yourself a really small

pick reach in there and pull that o-ring

out get another Oh ring the same size

put it back in there there's a little

groove for it to fit in now use a pick

not a scrub screwdriver you don't want

to score or scrape the side of that

board get that o-ring back in there push

that plunger back in put your handle

back on fill and bleed it and there you

go then like I said I've only seen that

once in my entire life and I am older

than dirt this particular well this jack

right here three ton floor jack I bought

it 9 or 10 years ago I got it off a

Craigslist I paid $20 for it the guy I

bought it from had already owned it

3035 years at that point skinning so

these things will last a lifetime with

just a minimum maintenance they're all

steel there are some ball bearings for

this caster right here take them out of

hundred years or so and grease them up

take those wheels off solid steel grease

up the axle there put them back together

that's it that you take reasonable care

of this thing don't just throw it in the

bottom of the lake or out in the Gulf of

Mexico it'll it'll outlast you

it'll outlast your kid it'll outlast

your grandkids get a good one don't get

one of those throwaway Chinese things