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Old 12-26-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
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Torin Big Red Alum. Race Jack - DIY repair?

My previously-dependable aluminum jack will no longer function and I'm wondering if I can service or repair it myself. I see a couple of flathead screw top covers on it and wonder if I may be low on hydraulic fluid.

Anyone fiddle with one of these? I can't even find an owner's manual or instructions on the web, but I'm going to keep looking...

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Old 12-26-2013, 12:12 PM   #2
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My previously-dependable aluminum jack will no longer function and I'm wondering if I can service or repair it myself. I see a couple of flathead screw top covers on it and wonder if I may be low on hydraulic fluid.

Anyone fiddle with one of these? I can't even find an owner's manual or instructions on the web, but I'm going to keep looking...
First check to see if it is low on hydraulic oil, if it is, simply top it up with the correct type of oil. If that is not the problem, or does not correct it, it probably has lost a seal or check valve. It can quickly and cheaply be fixed by a nearby shop that specialize is hydraulic device repairs. We have sent out equipment that was 30 years old when it started to leak or stopped working, and got them back literally better than new for very low cost.
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:57 PM   #3
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I went through this about a year back, instead of screwing around with it I just bought a new Arcan 3.5 ton jack from Costco for ~ $120. For me it was worth it for the saved time and aggravation of pulling it apart (mine had popped a seal) and finding the seals or a shop to deal with it.

Arcan Quick Lift Professional Service Jack - 3 1/2-Ton, Model# XL35 : Amazon.com : Automotive
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These are bad about blowing seals.. Both of mine blew seals.
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Old 12-28-2013, 03:32 PM   #6
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A few yrs ago I destroyed the hyd plunger, etc. Mine is a Torin blue 1.5 ton model. The roller on the handle rolled half off of the plunger. I got the mfg to replace the failed parts, but in the mean time they scolded me for approaching the rated capacity. Basically said that the rating is a joke!!! I do lift one entire side of the Boxster with it. That ain't no 3000 pounds unless the Boxster is a 6000 pound car!!!!!

Next time it breaks, out it goes.
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These are bad about blowing seals.. Both of mine blew seals.

Speaking of blowing seals, has everyone seen the monkeys in the bar on YouTube??? Google "monkey in a bar joke".

Couldn't be funnier.
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A few yrs ago I destroyed the hyd plunger, etc. Mine is a Torin blue 1.5 ton model. The roller on the handle rolled half off of the plunger. I got the mfg to replace the failed parts, but in the mean time they scolded me for approaching the rated capacity. Basically said that the rating is a joke!!! I do lift one entire side of the Boxster with it. That ain't no 3000 pounds unless the Boxster is a 6000 pound car!!!!!

Next time it breaks, out it goes.
Yeah. Mine blew lifting 1/2 of a 914 race car that weighed 2020#
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Oddly enough Pittsburg (Harbor Frieght rebrand) sells the same Torino jack for $69 with a coupon...
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Speaking of blowing seals, has everyone seen the monkeys in the bar on YouTube??? Google "monkey in a bar joke".

Couldn't be funnier.
Is that the one with the cue ball?

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