I bought that heavy duty Hein-Werner 3-ton car jack in March, due to good recommendation by DB. I brought it back to Mexico by car, but had no reason to use it until yesterday. I decided it was time to change the oil again in my 2009 Mexican Sienna. I last changed it, I think, in November, with Mobil-1 EP. That came out to almost 7 months, but only about 5,000 miles. When I changed it in November, it quickly looked dirty, but some people have said that happens when you start using synthetic. We will see this next cycle, I guess.
I realized I had never used a floor jack. So, I treated it like I treated a new project in the ole’ radio factory. Read everything available, thought about it, then read it again.
The little manual said it should go up around 23 inches. This one stopped around 21 inches with no load. I will get some HW jack oil when I go back and make sure it is full and bled out. But, 21 is more than enough for my car work.
The first time was slow, not just for the reading. But, learning correct placement for the first time. I will probably always use it in the same place, so I changed the jack stands so it will be correct for any work underneath. After I got the jack stands set right, I put an extra tire/wheel under there as an absolute back-up, because of course, I had to take the jack out to work under there. This land is mostly rocks, so I found good ones to shove in front and behind a back tire. Put on the parking brake, of course. I don’t mind triple redundancy when my life is on the line.
I think I mentioned it on another thread. But, the 2009 has a cartridge filter, I think you call it, where you take off a cap and remove the filter and put in a new one. The cap was so tight that to get it off, the tool I had bought from Rock Auto is frozen on the assembly. So, I cannot just drain out the filter oil first. The whole cap assembly has to come off in one piece. Sigh!!!
That means I also have to push the filter up with the cap as I screw it on. I had bought an expensive Bosch filter, I think 3972, not sure right now, and it turns out to be a totally different animal than the Fram Extra Guard 9972. No end pieces, so it has to be sort of stuffed in. I didn’t like the looks of that, and one reviewer on Amazon said his came all apart. The Fram ‘snaps’ into place, so I chose to use that one. The 3972 is actually a different dimension, 3.2 instead of 4 inches. Not sure that makes a difference.
There is a spec for torque on that filter cap. But, this one simply hit the end and stopped. I hope that was okay. Will probably have to check it after my first 100 mile trip. Ran it three minutes while still on the jack stands, no sign of leakage.
The 2002 Sienna always took exactly 5 quarts of oil. This one, the manual says 6.4 quarts with filter replacement, which I am sure helps the oil run cooler, but means no single container of oil will do the job. Alas, 6.4 quarts does not match the full mark, so I must experiment and get the exact reading. When I was back in Texas, I chose to buy 3 of the 5 quart containers, rather than pay a lot extra by the quart. Solution: use an empty quart container with the oil view slot on the back.
The discarded oil here is used by concrete workers, “Burned oil” is used to coat wooden forms when making concrete beams for houses, and we have a small project for a neighbor woman who lives in dire poverty, next week. I don’t see a lot oil run-off from the forms, but the wood seems to have a lot of oil soaked in.
I said “burned oil”, because the oil he usually gets looks like it came out of an old Beetle VW after towing a Freightliner tractor across Mexico. Horrid stuff. Works great on forms, though!
At this time, I am very satisfied with that Hein-Werner jack, DB. Thanks. I admit it is a luxury, but compared to some of the luxuries people buy, this one was not a lot of money, $500. And, I have the satisfaction of buying nearly the best of a product, and know it will probably be used by several generations of Mexicans, long after I am gone. Well, at least that is what I am thinking. I won’t be here to know if not.
The only thing left is to learn a soft touch when it is time to let the car down. The first time it came down really fast. It obviously takes a soft touch to bring it down slowly.
By the way, I can pick it up and move it, with care. I was concerned it might be too heavy, and have to remember I am 75, but I can do it. Just barely. Of course, now that I have it in place, I will be able to just roll it where I want.
I will probably go back to the 8,000 miles between oil changes here, since I take few short trips, and a 100 mile trip usually once a month. This is definitely not the Snow Zone.