Top 5 Uses for your QuickJack

The QuickJack is quite literally a jack of all trades. It can be used on a wide spectrum of cars and for an even wider spectrum of automotive solutions. But what are these wide-ranging uses? Let’s go over the top 5 uses for the QuickJack in your life. 

Residential

QuickJack can be used in a variety of ways, but it is primarily a portable car lift for the home garage. Odds are that most DIY’ers do not have the ceiling height or space for a full-sized car lift. On the other hand, they’re also looking for a safer, more practical solution to jacks and stands. Enter QuickJack. Lowering to a mere 3”, the QuickJack is compact and easy to store in any garage, and its 21” rise gives you the space for a variety of DIY repairs and modifications. With its easy storage capability (especially with our new QuickJack wall hangers) and quick and efficient set-up/use, the QuickJack will revolutionize your home garage setup and DIY capability.

Auto Repair Shop

Most auto repair shops might already have a full-sized car lift installed, ready for use. But the QuickJack isn’t just for use servicing your car at home. With its easy storage, even busy garages have space for this handy tool. All your bays in use? QuickJack. Need to do a quick tire rotation or oil change? QuickJack. With weight capacities up to 7,000-lbs. and an open-center construction, you can perform most of your service needs in a flash­. Compliment your busy two-post lifts and four-post lifts so you can increase your efficiency and revenue.

Auto Detailing

Though it is the perfect tool for repairs and automotive service, the QuickJack also helps keep your pride and joy clean and shiny. The QuickJack makes automotive detailing easier than ever! With its portable and sturdy design, you can lift your detail projects quickly and efficiently, saving you time and effort. Imagine lifting all four corners of your vehicle at once, which allows you to quickly remove wheels and give it the best wash it’s ever had! QuickJack also helps your back from the pain of stooping over. Best of all, QuickJack’s frames are waterproof which means that no matter how soapy the job gets, your QuickJack will remain in perfect working order. Just make sure to move the power unit out of the way, as it is NOT waterproof.

Mobile Auto Repair

As the auto repair business goes mobile, auto repair has never been more streamlined. Instead of getting towed, or driving to your nearest repair shop, mobile auto repair businesses bring the maintenance to you! With time being such an important commodity in today’s fast-paced society, these mobile repair businesses are all about offering a quick, professional, efficient and—most importantly—portable service. Sound familiar?

The QuickJack is the professional portable car lift that matches the mobile auto repair business. Besides the safety and portability that comes standard with any QuickJack, the power units can also run off your car battery making them the ONLY professional automotive lift with a truly mobile design. Plus, let’s be honest, the QuickJack looks a hundred times more professional than your typical jack and stands combo. Its slick (and quick) design is sure to leave a lasting impression with your customers.

Race track lift

With the fast and rough life out on the race track, you need the best equipment by your side. The old jack and stands combo just doesn’t cut it for those who have a need for speed. That’s what makes the QuickJack the perfect tool for the track, and why it is the jack of choice for many professional racecar drivers. Most repairs require you to lift and drop the vehicle multiple times, something that just isn’t sensible with a jack and stands, even under normal circumstances. The QuickJack lifts up to 21” off the ground in under 60 seconds and gives you plenty of room to make any repair you might need. With a QuickJack by your side on the track, you can rest easy knowing that your car will always be ready for the next race.

Whether you’re detailing your car, making mobile repairs, at the race track, or just doing home and shop repairs, the QuickJack portable car lift is the right tool to get the job done both quickly and safely!

How to Prime the QuickJack Hydraulic Pump

 “Help! My QuickJack is set up perfectly, but when I push the button, nothing happens!” 

Not to worry fine citizen! If you’ve pressed ‘UP’ and can hear that your QuickJack’s motor is running, but the lift is not moving, just follow our simple QuickJack priming procedure to save the day! Though this is a rare occurrence, all hydraulic systems are susceptible to this issue when air is in the system. It’s natural for hydraulic pumps to become what we call ‘air locked’, and it doesn’t mean your QuickJack, or hydraulic pump is broken. So why does air lock happen, and what does this so called priming procedure do to fix it?

Why Air Lock Happens

It’s simple really. Your hydraulic pump by itself doesn’t have the power to pull fluid from one location to another. The fluid and the pump have to work together through centrifugal force to give your machine the power to pull any fluid. So if your pump is pulling only air, it can’t function properly. Thankfully, there’s a quick and easy fix to any air lock situation! All you need to do is prime the pump by getting some fluid into the inner gears of your pump. This will give your hydraulic pump the power to start pulling fluid naturally.

Does Air Lock Hurt My Pump?

Nope. Not at all. But when air lock does occur, hydraulic fluid has a hard time making its way through the pump and into your QuickJack frames. Priming your hydraulic will solve this issue and get you lifting in no time.

Priming Procedure

So how do I prime my hydraulic pump? Easy. Put Optimus Prime on top of your pump and let him do all the hard work… Now your pump is Optimus primed.

Okay. We apologize, that pun was terrible. Here’s the real way it’s done:

You prime your pump by making sure there is enough fluid in the system for the pump to pull the rest of the fluid through. Though the procedure may be different depending on what type of pump you’re using, priming your hydraulic pump is the same no matter how it’s done.  For example, when making wine, a hydraulic pump is used to rack the wine from the barrel into a tank. If the pump gets air locked, you simply need to raise the hose and use gravity to get the wine into the pump. Once a little bit goes through the pump will have the power to rapidly pull the rest of the wine from the barrel and into the tank. The same basic principle applies to the QuickJack hydraulic pump.

Why Does Air Lock Happen on the QuickJack?

Though it happens very rarely, you may hear that your QuickJack is running, but your portable car lift isn’t lifting! Why does this happen? This happens because the QuickJack uses a hydraulic pump to push hydraulic fluid to each lifting frame. As the pressure builds, the frames rise and lift your vehicle.  As we just learned, all hydraulic pumps (by design) can become air locked. Even though it’s rare for QuickJack’s power unit to have this problem, it can happen, so we put together a simple five-step priming procedure in the rare event that it does.

Of course, if you’re still experiencing problems with your QuickJack or need help with the priming procedure, give us a call at 1-888-262-3880 or email support@quickjack.com!

Best Tools Your Dad Will Actually Use

If you have a typical dad, then gift buying is always a stressful time of the year. They never seem to want anything, or need anything! So you put it off until the last minute and buy him the first thing that comes to mind. With Father’s Day this weekend it’s crunch time for buying gifts. Tools and gadgets are always a great idea for dad gifts, but what tool will they actually use?

The Gift of Air and Power

And no, by the gift of air we don’t mean the funny empty box, or the handwritten coupons with the promise of a favor. Though those are both great ideas, an even better idea are the gadgets pictured below! Portable air compressors, jump starters, USB ports, and flashlights are all great tools for your dad’s garage or car. You can buy all of these tools separately, or you can just buy a JackPak!

The JackPak can do the work of all of these tools combined. It has a mini air compressor for tire pressure, a battery jump starter, mobile phone charger and LED flashlight all installed into one ultra-handy tool. The JackPak battery power pack is the Swiss Army Knife of your garage, and is perfect for ANY roadside emergency.

The Gift That Will Leave an Impact

If you aren’t familiar with tools and you’re looking at the picture below I know what you might be thinking, “My dad already has a drill, he doesn’t need that!” But does he have an Impact Wrench? Designed to deliver high torque power with little effort, these useful tools are a necessity for any dad that has a multitude of projects to work on. They do all the work for you, helping you remove lug nuts with little to no effort! Not only is it useful for automotive care like tire changes, and tire rotation, but impact wrenches can remove and apply tough fasteners on any project in your garage. There are a variety of models on the market both electric and air powered, so you are sure to find the right tool for your dad’s needs.

The Gift of Cleanliness

Does your dad like to keep his garage, shop and car clean? Is his garage or shop always dirty and you want to send him a message? Either way, a wet/dry shop vacuum is the perfect tool for your dad’s garage! These vacuums come with attachments to help you clean everything from your car seats to your shop floor. And with the option to suck up water as well, these heavy-duty vacuums are ideal for tackling ANY cleanup project.

The Creepy Gift

If your dad is a DIYer, or likes to do a lot of home automotive work, then a nice creeper is a must-have for his garage. A creeper is a flat rolling platform that allows you to roll easily under your lifted vehicle to perform any kind of car maintenance. Being low-profile, creepers give you plenty of room to get the job done, and make normally difficult wrenching both comfortable and easy.

The Gift of a QuickJack

Perhaps the ultimate, and most useful tool for your dad’s garage (not that we’re biased or anything) is the QuickJack! No longer do you have to worry about unstable jacks and jack stands. The QuickJack portable car lift raises your vehicle safely and quickly in under 30 seconds. The perfect companion to any dad, the QuickJack pays for itself by giving you the versatility to do most vehicle maintenance right from your garage. With a range of models and accessories, QuickJack is perfect for any vehicle or project up to a hefty 7,000 lbs.! The heavy-duty construction, easy-to-use design and a wide range of safety features ensure that your dad is both safe, and extremely thankful for this handy gift.

QuickJack and Cameron Parsons on the track!

QuickJack and Cameron Parsons

QuickJack recently partnered with Cameron Parsons of Parsons Racing, and this partnership has already begun to bear fruit. We showed how a QuickJack could come in handy out on the track, and obviously Cameron Parsons and the team at Parsons Racing agree.  

This partnership came right in time for Cameron, whose number 83 yellow Camaro recently suffered from mechanical issues on the track. In this post, we’ll talk a little bit about Cameron and Parsons Racing, and why QuickJack is the perfect partner for any professional racecar driver!

Who is this Cameron Parsons fellow and what is Parsons Racing?

Cameron Parsons is a veteran driver with 20 years of experience driving a variety of car classes from Go-Karts to his Formula Mazda. Cameron grew his love for the sport at a young age, starting out racing Go-Karts when he was just 11 years old. With his unique driving style that is both aggressive and safe, Cameron quickly moved up in the Karting world and showed his talent by winning several championships throughout the years.

Making the switch to Formula cars in 2009, he is finally making his debut season in the world of Trans Am. After proving his mettle on the track, Cameron opened up for business. The motorsport team from Parsons Racing provides dedicated services to his fellow racers including trackside support, coaching services and driver development.

Cameron works personally with every client helping them develop and hone their racing skills. As a driver himself, Cameron can offer a level of understanding and insight that can only come from a long racing career. With his outgoing attitude on and off the track, the relationships he has cultivated over the years are surely invaluable to any new or aspiring drivers.

Cameron is currently participating in the Trans Am West Coast Championship with his Trans Am TA2 Camaro. And with QuickJack by his side for the rest of the 2019 season, we are sure that Cameron and his team are going to impress everyone in the races to come.

Cameron’s Tans Am TA2 Camaro

QuickJack saves the day

With the start of the new season just beginning for Cameron in the Trans Am West Coast Championship, the team’s new QuickJack is already proving its worth. After practice for the 2nd race of the series, Cameron’s Chevrolet Camaro was starting to have some serious issues. His alternator wasn’t putting out enough power for the car to run. Unfortunately, Cameron wasn’t able to run in the Qualifying round, but he would still be allowed to race. If he could get the car fixed in time.

Parson’s Racing got to work, borrowing an alternator from a fellow driver and rushing to make the fix. As Cameron explains in the video below, the QuickJack showed why it’s such an invaluable tool for a professional racecar driver to have. The problem with the alternator forced the team to raise and drop the car repeatedly, something that would have taken far longer with the traditional jack and jack stands. The QuickJack can lift a car in under 30 seconds when used properly, allowing the team to put the car down and test it out.

Thanks to their QuickJack, the team saved hours of precious time on the repair and was able to get the car fixed in time for the race. Starting in 10th (thanks to his unfortunate issue,) Cameron ran a great race, and in the end he was able to snag 3rd place!

QuickJack saves the day

When it comes to racing, every second counts. The time spent working on any mechanical fix is vital as it can often cost you the race! As Cameron can attest after his 2nd race in the Trans Am West Coast Championship series, a QuickJack in the paddock will shave hours off any time spent fine-tuning.

Not only is it saving you time, but it’s also saving you effort! With a QuickJack, the energy spent jacking up a car can be saved for the track as your car is lifted at the press of a button.

The bottom line is, if time is important to you, then the QuickJack is the way to go. With Cameron and his team leading the way with this new partnership, we hope drivers everywhere will soon come to see just how powerful a tool our portable car lift can be! 

Using QuickJack to Install Magnaflow® Cat Back Exhaust

As part of our YouTube series QuickJack Gets to Work, our very own Dave installed a Magnaflow® Street Series Cat Back Exhaust System. The system, as well as the 2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost, belonged to a friend of ours. Dave is our resident auto expert, and to top off our “QuickJack Gets to Work” series, he got down-n-dirty with QuickJack to get the cat back installed.

Picking the Right Exhaust

There are so many exhausts out there to choose from. This particular cat back system is among the higher-end choices, arguably. It was chosen for its deeper tone. Magnaflow does make Competition Series for the Mustang Ecoboost, but the owner preferred the quieter, still rumbly and less neighbor-wakey system for his daily driver.

QuickJack Makes the Job Easier

Anyone who works on cars will agree: The most convenient way to install exhaust systems is with a full-size two-post lift or four-post lift. However, the reality is that not everyone has the money, space and/or ability to get a full-size car lift. For years, the only alternatives have been floor jacks and jack stands. They work, but no one really likes working with them. If you’re looking for a solution to your lifting woes, QuickJack is more than a mere compromise. It offers total peace of mind, ease of use and efficiency for all exhaust system installations.

Living the DIY Dream

Exhaust system installations happen once in a blue moon for most car owners. Unless you work in an auto shop or have your own YouTube channel, you’re probably not pulling out pipes very often. However, if and when you do this kind of work, you need the right equipment. There needs to be enough room for you to slide under your car, whether you’re on your back or using a creeper. You’ll also want to know that your vehicle is virtually unshakeable with its wheels off the ground. As you can see in the video above, QuickJack checks off every box: It gets high enough to operate your tools, and there are virtually zero safety concerns while crawling around underneath your car.

Not So Exhausting

Beyond exhaust work, a portable car lift is ideal for wheel service, detailing, suspension tuning, body work, etc. In all likelihood, most of what you do is going to be around the car, not underneath it. All the same, you deserve a lift that promises to do it all, and only QuickJack can fulfill that promise.

P.S. If you listen carefully to the test drive portion of the video, you might hear the whoosh of the Mustang’s AEM cold air intake as the car pulls away. Who doesn’t love the enhanced sound of a turbo?

White Mustang on QuickJack portable car lift
Ready for install!

Measure Your Car for QuickJack, Like This!

It’s a subject we’ve covered before, but measuring your vehicle for proper fitment is perhaps the most important thing you can do before purchasing your portable car lift. Getting the right lift for your car is as important as getting the right size shoe for your foot: It doesn’t work with a bad fit. Plus, there’s the whole liability part (i.e., it’s up to buyers to make sure they get the right model).

Fitment is a critically important topic, which is why we’ve made finding the right fit as easy as measuring your foot for the right shoe. Read on to see how two minutes of measuring can guarantee that you don’t accidentally make the wrong choice.

This article will cover the following measuring steps:

  • Materials needed
  • Vehicle weight
  • Tire spread
  • Jack point spread
  • Vehicle ground clearance

Gather Your Materials

All you need is a tape measure and paper with a pen or pencil (or smartphone with a note-taking app).

Step 1: Locate the Curb Weight of Your Vehicle

You can find your vehicle’s curb weight on the driver’s side door, in the owner’s manual or on the internet. QuickJack comes in 3500, 5000 and 7000-pound capacities. Take note of your vehicle’s curb weight (not the gross weight).

Step 2: Measure the Distance Between Your Tires

Next, you’ll need to measure the distance between your front and rear tire treads, keeping the measuring tape about three inches off the ground.

To ensure a comfortable fit, subtract two inches from that measurement. Using this number, take a look at the QuickJack Measuring Guide and see which frames will fit. But we’re not quite done yet!

Step 3: Measure the Distance Between Jacking Points

To keep this step simple, measure from the center of one jack point to the center of the other one along the same side of the car. QuickJack’s lifting blocks need to be able to reach this distance. In the measuring guide, we see two measurements listed for Lifting Point Spread: a Maximum and a Minimum. This is the range that you can move the blocks within QuickJack’s lifting trays in order to accommodate different lift points.

Step 4: Measure Your Ground Clearance

Be sure to measure the distance from the ground to the jack point. QuickJack needs to slide through this distance with a little bit of room to spare. All QuickJack lowered frame heights are listed in the measuring guide and fall between 3 and 3.5 inches high.

It would be nice if we lived in a world that allowed us to provide a list of vehicle makes and models with a corresponding QuickJack for each car. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Year-to-year changes in vehicle sizes would be difficult for us to keep up with, and if we were ever mistaken or didn’t take every possible variable into account, we would set you up for a bad fit. The safest and easiest thing to do is give you the power to ensure accurate vehicle measurements. Hopefully, this article does just that.

Don’t hesitate to let us know what more we can do to help you confidently select the right portable car lift for your vehicles.

New Accessory: QuickJack Wall Mount Kit

Over the years, we’ve seen many creative storage mounts for QuickJack. One thing you can say about auto enthusiasts: When they want something, nothing stands in their way in making it happen. Until now, we never released wall mounts of our own, but we’ve always encouraged interested parties to come up with personal solutions.

Customer’s homemade wall hangers

Over the years, however, we’ve received more and more requests for official QuickJack wall mounts. If it was convincing we needed to make this happen, we have our active, vocal community to thank for convincing us. The introduction of our official QuickJack wall mount kit is completely due to the many social media posts, emails and in-person requests for such an accessory. Our fans are truly the best.

If People Can Make Their Own, Why Buy These?

It’s certainly possible to come up with your own wall mount kit, as shown by the pictures included earlier in this article. However, not everyone wants to go through the trouble. And if you want the peace of mind that your QuickJack hangers have been designed, engineered and rigorously tested for compatibility with our car lift frames, only the official QuickJack wall mount kit can guarantee perfect fitment and safety. Not to mention, they look great too!

More About the QuickJack Wall Hanger Kit

QuickJack’s brushed-steel wall hangers are made to last, but they’re also designed to look like they belong in a working garage. Whether you have a stunning space that’s fit for prime time television or a small, grease-stained workshop, you’ve probably decorated your space to make it yours. The QuickJack logo that sits atop these hangers is there to help you declare that these frames, these hangers and this space are all yours.

QuickJack wall hangers
QuickJack wall mount kit

These laser-cut beauties are more than just good-looking décor. They were designed and engineered by the same people who designed and engineered QuickJack. Each hanger is over-engineered for your protection, rated for 150% of the weight of each frame.

There’s simply no substitute for the real thing, so if you want wall hangers that combine look & feel with the utmost standards in safety, durability and reliability, you definitely need to check these out.

As always, stayed tuned for more updates and accessories coming your way. As of the publication of this article, our wall mounts are available for pre-order, and it’s first-come, first-serve on the initial shipment. If you want these ASAP, don’t wait to put your order in!

7 Questions Everyone Asks About QuickJack

If you’ve been following QuickJack, you’ve probably seen (or at least heard of) our blog, livestream videos, Quick Tips YouTube series and email newsletter. We use these channels to deliver useful content that will help you get the most out of QuickJack. Sometimes, unfortunately, our messages don’t reach everyone we’d like them to. We’re happy to answer everyone’s questions, but we want to make it easier to find all the information you need.

QuickJack being put to good use

Essentially, we want to put the power in your hands to get the right answers quickly. This article features seven questions virtually everyone asks about QuickJack. We highly recommend reading it because there’s probably something here for every car lift shopper and QuickJack enthusiast.

Are You Having a Sale?

For obvious reasons, this is one of the most common questions we get from people interested in our portable car lift. While we don’t have sales often, we do our best to get the word out when they do come up. So, what’s the best way to be informed of a sale? Simple: Sign up for the QuickJack newsletter. To do so, scroll down to the bottom of the QuickJack homepage. The newsletter is right there in the bottom-right-hand corner of the screen.

We recommend following the newsletter because we put virtually every major piece of information into it. If there’s a sale, it will be explained right there at the top of the email. We also include the latest videos, content and product updates. We only send two emails per month, so you’re not going to get buried in unwanted nonsense. Promise.

Can QuickJack Be Used on Asphalt and Bare Ground?

QuickJack was made to be versatile and mobile. That means it doesn’t need to be bolted down, and it can be moved virtually anywhere. Furthermore, it can be operated on most hard or non-sinking surfaces. Acceptable surfaces include asphalt, hard dirt, gravel, cement, etc. We highly recommend that you do not operate QuickJack on a sloping surface, nor should it be used on uneven ground like sand.

How Long Can I Leave My Car in the Air?

The best thing about QuickJack is that it’s safer than traditional jacks and stands. It’s truly as safe as a full-size car lift, thanks to its mechanical locking system. When QuickJack is locked in place, there’s essentially zero risk of failure while you work. For this reason, many people store their cars on QuickJack all winter long. Or, if you’re going on an extended vacation, avoid flat spots in your tires by keeping your car lifted for as long as you want. There’s no time limit for storing a vehicle or keeping a project car lifted off the ground.

Does QuickJack Need an Air Compressor to Work?

QuickJack features an electric over hydraulic power unit that does not need compressed air to operate. The only air supply comes from a small air cylinder that can be filled to 50 psi with a simple hand or foot pump. An air compressor can also be used for this purpose, but it’s not necessary. A built-in, open-valve flow divider ensures equal pressure to both frames in order to maintain an even lift at all times.

QuickJack’s electric-hydraulic power unit

Can I Remove the Hoses After I Lock the Frames in Place?

QuickJack’s quick-connect fittings allow you to rapidly detach both hydraulic lines from the frames. The hoses can also be detached once your vehicle is raised on QuickJack and secured on the mechanical locks. Doing so will clear up a lot of room underneath and around the vehicle, making it easier and safer to work on your car.

In order to safely remove the hoses, first ensure the safety arms have successfully engaged the locks. Next, hold the Down button on the pendant control for about five seconds; this depressurizes the hoses and makes reconnecting them much easier. It is now safe to disconnect the hoses.

Can I Lift a 5,500-lb. SUV With a QuickJack Rated to Lift 5,000 Lbs?

Never exceed the rated capacity of your QuickJack. A significant safety factor is built into the lift, but it should never be compromised for any reason. If your truck or SUV is 5,500 lbs, please purchase the BL-7000SLX/EXT, rated for 7,000 lbs. However, if you have a 5,000-lb. capacity car lift, there is no reason to upgrade to a higher-capacity model for a vehicle with a curb weight at or approaching the 5,000-lb. cutoff.

Can QuickJack Get Wet?

It is perfectly fine to get QuickJack covered in soap and water during your next car wash. Follow the procedure outlined above in order to disconnect the long hydraulic hoses, and be sure to remove the power unit from the area. Do not get the power unit wet. We also suggest you dry off the frames after you’re done using them. Keep an eye on all hinge points, as they require more frequent maintenance and lubrication if QuickJack is used to lift your vehicle during a wet cleaning.

The questions outlined in this article are commonly asked by car lovers just like you, but there are plenty of other questions we get all the time. We can’t list them all here, so please call or email us at hello@quickjack.com if you’d like to learn more about how a portable car lift can make a difference in your life.

He Hated QuickJack’s Guts. We Had to Do Something.

Ever have a really bad experience with someone… that was entirely your fault? They say you learn more from failure than success, but that doesn’t make the learning process any easier. In fact, when you’re a prominent face in the automotive industry like QuickJack, there are certain mistakes that should simply never, ever happen. Nevertheless, through a series of unfortunate mistakes, we ended up creating a mess and found ourselves with very unsatisfied customer. This is the tale of one customer’s journey with QuickJack. Meet John.

This Should Have Been Easy
John’s story begins like most customers’ stories. He did his research, selected the portable car lift that would fit his vehicles and placed his order. That should have been simple enough. Except, it wasn’t. The initial shipment arrived, according to John, “damaged and missing parts.” Yikes! We jumped on the case immediately and sent out the appropriate replacement frame. Except, we didn’t.

The frame we sent wasn’t a replacement for the side that was damaged. Double yikes. Since we’re keeping count, John now had three frames total: two working right-side frames and a damaged left-side frame. From there, things continued to escalate to the point that a complete retelling would just be repetition of the above. Like we said, it was bad.

two-identical-quickjack-frames
Two of the same frame

Pobody’s Nerfect
A great boxer gets up after a knockdown. A great athlete competes even when the game is all but lost. A great company owns up to its mistakes and works to do right by the customer. We took our lumps, and rather than simply refund John’s money and take back his QuickJack frames (like he initially wanted), we decided to take drastic action.

Off to the Streets of Philadelphia
After extensive communication with John, we convinced him to allow us one more shot at meeting his expectations. The mission was to send our video crew to Philadelphia and personally present John’s QuickJack, lift his cars and try to win him back. To see how this story unfolded, please watch the short documentary we put together chronicling the journey.

All’s Well That Ends Well
The ending of this story is a positive one, and it took a lot of work to make it happen. We did all this because we want you and everyone else who sees this tale to know that we will do what it takes to earn and keep your business. No, we can’t send out the QuickJack team for every inconvenience that comes up. But, we will always, always, always work to rectify whatever needs rectifying. It’s how we do things around here. If you haven’t already, we hope you join us for a journey of your own.

3 Ways to Lift Tesla with QuickJack

Tesla vehicles come with their own set of joys and challenges, especially where upkeep is concerned. When it comes time for maintenance or detailing on a Tesla, you might find it difficult to lift these vehicles with a car lift. This is due to the fact that Teslas, not to mention other EVs, feature very long wheelbases. Not every lift is capable of reaching as far as necessary, and that includes many low-rise and mid-rise lifts. If you have a low ceiling that makes it impossible to install a full-service two-post lift, you might begin to feel very restricted in your lifting options. Luckily, QuickJack offers safe, simple solutions for your lifting woes. Here are several ways to lift a Tesla with QuickJack. Remember: Our ultimate goal is to provide a solution that helps you work smarter, not harder.

QuickJack BL-6000XLT with Tesla
QuickJack BL-6000XLT with Tesla

Add SLX Extension Kit to QuickJack

If you already own a BL-5000SLX or BL-7000SLX portable car lift, you can start lifting Tesla Model S and Model 3 cars for less than $200. All you need is the SLX frame extension kit, a magnificent plug-and-play tool that immediately adds six inches of reach to your QuickJack. The extra length essentially converts your SLX standard-length frames into EXT extended-length frames. This is great for reaching the lift points on the Model 3, but if you’re lifting a Model S, there’s still one more required step.

The Model S has one of the longest factory lift point spreads of any sedan (or any passenger car, for that matter). The SLX frames on their own aren’t long enough to lift a Tesla. To resolve this issue, simply attach the extension frames to your QuickJack frames and rotate them sideways. This is perfectly safe because Tesla vehicles have close to a 50/50 weight distribution.

No matter what vehicle you’re lifting or the orientation of the QuickJack frames, make sure the QuickJack rubber blocks fully contact the vehicle’s factory lift points. Be VERY CAREFUL to NEVER lift an EV from any point that isn’t the factory-intended lift point, as the lift points are located very close to the highly sensitive battery.

Start with EXT Series QuickJack Frames

If you run an auto detailing shop or body shop that sees a lot of Teslas and other long-wheelbase vehicles, you might decide to bypass the extension frame kit by starting out with an extended-length EXT series QuickJack. If you’re lifting a Model 3, an EXT lift will work as generally recommended, and if you’re lifting a Model S, simply rotate those frames sideways.

Get the BL-6000XLT portable car lift

The BL-6000XLT offers what is arguably the most convenient way to lift a Tesla Model S. We designed the XLT car lift specifically for long-wheelbase vehicles. This specialty lift does well in detailing studios and auto shops that service extended-length crew cabs, EVs and other hard-to-lift vehicles. If you are lifting a Model S, the BL-6000XLT will be easier to use than our other portable car lift models because you won’t have to turn the frames sideways.

A few years ago, EV vehicles like the Tesla Model S were difficult to lift with QuickJack. Luckily, most QuickJack owners are now able to upgrade their setups for less than $200 and lift these tricky vehicles. Our sideways workaround method is very safe and effective, but if you work on these cars a lot, we recommended picking up the BL-6000XLT.