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Can this 2 ton floor jack be used to lift a small SUV for tire changes

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Can this 2 ton floor jack be used to lift a small SUV for tire changes

I come across the following promotional floor jack from Princess auto

https://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/ ... -p8917312e

I am wondering whether it can be used to lift a small SUV for tire changing purpose? Thanks. First time buy floor jack.
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ilovetoyota wrote: I come across the following promotional floor jack from Princess auto

https://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/ ... -p8917312e

I am wondering whether it can be used to lift a small SUV for tire changing purpose? Thanks. First time buy floor jack.
Assuming by "small SUV" you mean something like a Hyundai Kona, Toyota RAV4, or Jeep Patriot, you should have no issues lifting one corner at a time for tire changes. But as always, practice safe jacking, never get under the vehicle if it's only supported by a jack, and use Jack stands if possible.
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With same kind of Jack ..jacked a Ford escape..mind you. Had to put a two by four go make Jack higher
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ilovetoyota wrote: I come across the following promotional floor jack from Princess auto

https://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/ ... -p8917312e

I am wondering whether it can be used to lift a small SUV for tire changing purpose? Thanks. First time buy floor jack.
Yes, as long as your SUV is under 4 tons (8000lbs) since you only lift half of it.
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engineered wrote: Yes, as long as your SUV is under 4 tons (8000lbs) since you only lift half of it.
You're not even lifting half of it; you are just lifting one corner. This is fine for even a Suburban.
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dcjcdc wrote: With same kind of Jack ..jacked a Ford escape..mind you. Had to put a two by four go make Jack higher
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Lift height is only 13" -make sure it can lift high enough to get a tire off the ground, otherwise buy a bigger jack
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I hate those jacks. Never enough lift height for a lot of jobs.
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As others have mentioned, the jack won't raise the tire off the ground as is, would have to put something under the jack like a 2x6 or something, maybe multiple, to make the lift higher. I would just get a bigger jack personally, safer.
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Measure what your clearance is on the ground.

Check the max lift height of the jack.

If it is less or marginally more than your clearance ... look for another jack.

For most "higher" vehicles ... there is no need to go for a low-profile jack.
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michelb wrote: You're not even lifting half of it; you are just lifting one corner. This is fine for even a Suburban.
Yea, I'm just playing it safe for this guy. Still, even lifting one corner you're probably taking most of the load off the other wheel on that side, so you're close to half anyways.
I usually just jack up the whole side so I can change both wheels in one go anyways.

OP, you may want to go for something like this if the one you posted won't lift high enough. Personally I use a light aluminum 2 ton jack for my coupe and SUV.
https://www.princessauto.com/en/detail/ ... -p8280158e
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so. many. bent. pinch welds.
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have one, ok for small cars, not high enough for suv
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derass wrote: so. many. bent. pinch welds.
Yea, if your car doesn't have lift pads built in (like my BMW), then a hockey puck or block of wood with a groove cut (against the grain) into it can help protect the pinch welds.
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It'll lift it no problem, whether it'll lift efficiently is a different story. A good jack will lift the car with only a few full strokes.
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That kind of jack is great for changing a single tire, it great since it is portable, you can move it around freely , less weight of the jack to deal with. I brought one from Princess Auto when it was on sale (Goodyear Brand)

But if your intention is to get underneath the car, than my advice it to get heavy duty one. Say around $100. Much heavier so not easy to lug around. This type of jack is great for lifting car from the middle (near the center of the bumper). People use this technique to lift the car and put two jack stand behind the front wheels to get a better support for the vehicle. Lower the car a little with the center jack and all weight comes down on two jack stand. Pump up the center jack until it touches car body. Now you have 3 support, one can easily get underneath the car to change oil etc.
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I have an older version of these jacks that have served me well on our car and SUV.
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/moto ... 1070p.html

I bring this smaller light one to the track.
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/moto ... 0021p.html

This one is heavier but on sale.
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/moto ... 0243p.html
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I suggest getting one that can go at least 15 inches in height for some overhead room. I have similar one and it couldn't jack up a mazda cx7.
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engineered wrote: Yea, if your car doesn't have lift pads built in (like my BMW), then a hockey puck or block of wood with a groove cut (against the grain) into it can help protect the pinch welds.
I use a hockey puck. It's soft, strong, and also adds a bit of lift height.

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