petermeyer

Question re correct Jack placement

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Can somebody post a photo of the jack in place please. For some reason I can't seem to get it to fit back in. Not sure what I'm doing wrong. Don't want to force it.

Also the "knob" for the handle. Any suggestions for a replacement. Thanks in advance

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insufficent detail and someone compained

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The year and market matter.  And I can't tell where you are located.  Your avatar shows chrome bumpers but it looks like it might be a square taillight.  And I'm not certain if Euro square taillight cars use the same system as U.S.-spec square taillight cars.

 

Below are my (U.S.-spec) '76 and my (U.S.-spec) '73.

 

Knob for the handle?  Wasn't that an e21 feature?

 

Regards,

 

Steve

 

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Stupid question - what year car?  You might try a more descriptive subject heading in the future to help more owners find the topic with a "search."

A used jack should be cheap through the classified section.  Good luck!

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Thanks John. I'm not trying to buy a jack but my English isn't very good.

It's not our first language in Australia.....

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Thanks Steve. I typed a whole long reply and it disappeared! Late 1973 eurospec  in Australia. Can I ask you to do a photo showing the whole length. My problem is the whole length almost fitting(as the actress said to the Bishop).

The  nob I refer to is the piece that goes onto the turning part. Its really cosmetic. I think I just have to persevere as it was in there. I cant see what I'm doing wrong. It should be so simple(like me)!

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Perhaps you could provide pix of your jack and the spot your attempting to place it.  The overall length of the jack does not change, but having the piece that lifts the car in the wrong place can cause stowage problems.  You might be trying to fit an E21 jack into your 2002, and their lengths may differ.

 

2002 jack - no knob: http://bmwfans.info/parts-catalog/114-Sedan/Europe/2002-M10/browse/equipment_parts/lifting_jack/

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E21 320i jack - knob: http://bmwfans.info/parts-catalog/E21/Europe/320i-M10/1975/browse/equipment_parts/car_tool_lifting_jack/

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OK. Solved. I think I was trying to put it around the wrong way. Steve's photo solved my problem. Thank you all.

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My jack appears to be different from the parts catalogue. May'73 build;

 

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It uses the wheel brace to turn the hex drive, obfuscating the need for the dinky handle.

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Interesting. Mine is late 73. October from memory. I'm sure somebody will shed some light on it....

 

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Petermeyer's October 1973 car is likely a square taillight, whereas a May 1973 car is a round taillight. I believe the attached (a.k.a., dinky) handle arrived with the square taillight models.  Prior to that, everyone had to use the lug wrench as the jack crank.

 

Or something like that...

 

Regards,

 

Steve

 

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I would argue that the correct placement for the factory jack would be the garbage, and get yourself a decent scissor jack,

make a saddle for the top of it so that it supports the car on either the front 'frame' or rear subframe, and then

pack it in the spare tire well.  With a nice handle that lets you get a distance from the car when you're jacking.

 

But that's not period correct.

 

t

 

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I cannot speak for him, but interpret that as saying the original jacks are not safe.

 

I am not sure this qualifies as a "nice" scissor jack, but it feels safer than the tippy one-post original, especially when placing it (the original) under a rusty sill.

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FWIW, I have lifted the nose of a V8 suburban out of the dirt, using two of these Japanese jacks.

I was impressed.

 

I keep the period-correct original on the other side of the trunk, but have no intention of lifting the car with it.

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Ok, first a disclaimer. I know this is not the original jack but it is a Bilstein jack that came with the car. It looks more like the jack that came with my e28 and it works. And it has a "knob". This is the only placement in the trunk that seems to works.

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I have had to use it twice, the last time was two weeks ago when I lost the two bolts that attach the exhaust bracket to the transmission and I was 120 miles from my house. Luckily, I had a brand new barn with a concrete floor to jack it up in and a couple of jack stands to hold the car before I crawled underneath. It helps to have rust free rockers. 

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That jack looks almost correct but not quite. I don't like the way it lifts and I'd like to see some stands under the car before I'd get under but I'd hope to never have to use one of these things in anger!

My jack is purely for display and I have paid up membership of Road Service!

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