Discussion in 'LR4' started by FEIYUE LIN, Apr 6, 2019.
I trashed my scissor jack and carry a bottle jack in the car.
As someone else said these jacks are only for emergency use and should not be used off-road. If your off-roading you should probably invest in a tougher jack. Looking closely at the picture of the break there appears to be some brown discolouration on the broken surface which typically means that there was a crack which has corroded. This is a quality issue during manufacture.
Best way to do it if you have a place for it. Makes it so much easier then using the crap jack that comes with all cars/suv/trucks.
Definitely we can find quality alternative. But theses is landrover issue. They should equipped better jack. I will be very dangerous too
First off, my view is the factory jack should never be used on a Land Rover - they are too heavy.
Second, if you are really serious about "something should be done", you submit the broken jack to your "National Transportation Safety Board" and maybe, just maybe, with lots of followup, a recall could be initiated.
All giving the jack back to LR does is allow them to destroy the evidence and ensure that they keep doing what they do as anything else would effectively be admitting to a problem.
I carry two bottle jacks; one for under the frame and the second, for jacking under an A arm.
The threads stripped on my factory LR3 jack and fell with a similar crash. I ended up buying a factory Ford super-duty bottle jack similar to the one that came in my old D2. It’s a 4 ton with a 2 stage ram, but it still had a little trouble getting high enough for my 265/70/18’s. To remedy that I made a platform out of 2 layers of 2x6’s glued and screwed perpendicular to each other. It gives it an extra 3” and a bigger base if I’m on soft ground.
The threads stripping (shearing off) is a fundamental design (sizing) and/or manufacturing (material/process quality) problem that reeks of product liability issues. This needs to be brought up to LRNA with pretty high urgency.
It's one thing (itself not trivial) if the design requires a finicky alignment for the jack not to see offset loading or moments that can cause undesired loading leading to buckling. It's another thing entirely for the threads to shear off or the rod to fail under torsion while jacking up the car.
That is seriously messed up. I've never used mine so I don't know personally. I'm simply going by what is reported here.
Lifting equipment usually has some pretty serious factor of safety put in place. This should never be happening.
The people who first drive Land Rovers new do not change their own tyres - in fact maybe never even have a flat as the vehicle usually goes off lease before the OEM tyres are worn out. As such, not a factory concern.
Factory concerns are only when there is failure while still under warranty/lease. That is why the original Hitachi compressors were improved - failing while still under warranty and also that general software upgrade to the LR3 in about early 2006.
I would take this up with LRNA and if they dismiss you a quick twitter photo and "I nearly died" jacking my Land Rover should suffice to get some movement.
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