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Old 04-28-2005, 10:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Guys:

I'm a computer geek not a grease monkey, and I don't know squat about cars. I had a flat last week on my 328i and when I grabbed the jack from the trunk, I realized it's the same as the one that the guy changes the tire with in "The Transporter." How the $#@* does that thing work? I've changed tires before with on a lot of different cars, with a lot of different jacks, but I couldn't figure that thing out. Every time I would insert the jack into the hole on the side of the car and start turning the handle, it would just fold down. How are you supposed to lock it in place?

I ended up borrowing a jack from a coworker and using that instead, but that won't always work...

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Old 04-28-2005, 12:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like the jack is broken. You insert the jack into the sideskirt plug hole and crank it up or down.
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If the jack isn't inserted into the side skirt properly it will slip out and fold... been there... jack can break, car will drop down... not pretty... and as mentioned above it sounds like yours may be broken probably because whoever used it before you had a similar experience to mine... remember the jack is for emergency use only...
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[quote=Stew_FL,Apr 28 2005, 11:52 AM]
Hey Guys:

I'm a computer geek not a grease monkey, and I don't know squat about cars. I had a flat last week on my 328i and when I grabbed the jack from the trunk, I realized it's the same as the one that the guy changes the tire with in "The Transporter." How the $#@* does that thing work? I've changed tires before with on a lot of different cars, with a lot of different jacks, but I couldn't figure that thing out. Every time I would insert the jack into the hole on the side of the car and start turning the handle, it would just fold down. How are you supposed to lock it in place?

I ended up borrowing a jack from a coworker and using that instead, but that won't always work...

Did you insert it in all the way (no laughing now)? It has to slide all the way in to where the fold part is situated. If not, you could have it fold on you. I have to wiggle mine to get it to go in all the way (stop laughing!)
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Don't feel too bad - I'm a total greasemonkey (due to the fact that I've had mostly horrible POS cars) and I couldn't figure out the bimmer jack at first either.
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AAA roadside first, jack second, it all depends on how much time I have and where I am. I would rather save the jack for a real emergency. I don't trust the thing.
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Now I have to watch the DVD again...
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AAA roadside first, jack second, it all depends on how much time I have and where I am. I would rather save the jack for a real emergency. I don't trust the thing.
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the jack is way safer than most jacks I've seen - don't tell me that you call AAA when you get a flat??!
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