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Old 10-07-2018, 09:17 AM   #11
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If you're worried about the stability of the jack I'd take an axle stand with you to stick under the car while it's on the jack
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:09 AM   #12
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Scissor jacks are fine if you understand the limitations. They need firm flat ground. Any sort of an angle on them and they have no strength at all.

Get a couple of collapsible wheel chocks to keep in the car with it.

The only real issue for a quick wheel change is they're not strong enough to hold if the wheel is a bit sticky on the hub. You don't want to be hammering or kicking a stuck wheel while a car is on a scissor jack. Never lean under in a way you could be trapped if it did collapse, and always have the spare next to the car ready to go straight on to minimise the time the car is suspended without a wheel.

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Old 11-07-2018, 11:21 AM   #13
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Back in 1989 when I was 17 and my dad was teaching me the basics of car care before I was let loose, he taught me to always place the wheel you had just taken off under the sill of the car while you fitted up the new one. This was so if the jack failed then the car would only drop a few inches.

Only had it happen once but im glad I took his advice. I think the 'ways of the older generation' seem to be dying out as we now think technology is a replacement for common sense.

With that in mind, I cant see any problem with scissor. The sloping hill thing applies to all jacks, not just scizzors.
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Old 12-07-2018, 06:35 PM   #14
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I used to own a small trolley jack that had a swivel handle on it, sure it fit in the boot of my mk2 clio up against the seats nicely. The sill jacking point was no use to jack on as they just used to bend, Now have a SGS racing trolley jack that is brilliant but cant fit handle in without removing it and folding seats. Also it weighs a ton lugging it in and out.

ford escort we had was the worst, it wasnt a scissor but a single arm and if you didnt alight it to the floor right it just used to fall off it the wheel was still on thankfully

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Old 12-07-2018, 08:25 PM   #15
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My worst memory of a scissor jack was with a 1965 970 Mini Cooper S. I had a puncture, put the jack in the correct place, car started to go up and then the jack went straight through the car body. thankfully I still had the wheel in place. Couldnt shut the car door, couldnt jack the car up, couldnt change the wheel.

Not a fan of scissor jacks.
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My worst memory of a scissor jack was with a 1965 970 Mini Cooper S. I had a puncture, put the jack in the correct place, car started to go up and then the jack went straight through the car body. thankfully I still had the wheel in place. Couldnt shut the car door, couldnt jack the car up, couldnt change the wheel.

Not a fan of scissor jacks.
Our old friend Metallifacture by any chance?! I've had too many close shaves over the years.

I got one with the E-Type. Saw it and binned it immediately. Some originalist in Poland paid me £330 for it.

I haven't decided what to replace it with but probably a racing trolley jack.

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Our old friend Metallifacture by any chance?! I've had too many close shaves over the years.

I got one with the E-Type. Saw it and binned it immediately. Some originalist in Poland paid me £330 for it.

I haven't decided what to replace it with but probably a racing trolley jack.

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this is one i bought in case i needed to jack the fiesta ST as its sills are close to the ground, they give good dimensions and measurements of the products which was helpful and is 3 years old and never given a bit of bother

https://www.sgs-engineering.com/gara...m-trolley-jack
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My worst memory of a scissor jack was with a 1965 970 Mini Cooper S. I had a puncture, put the jack in the correct place, car started to go up and then the jack went straight through the car body. thankfully I still had the wheel in place. Couldnt shut the car door, couldnt jack the car up, couldnt change the wheel.

Not a fan of scissor jacks.
I think that says more about the quality of the sills on your mini than the jack
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