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Unread 02-14-2007, 05:19 AM   #1
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My brother just became an apprentice and he done an oil service when he released the jack the bonnet was still up and the bonnet came down and the bar that holds it up bent and scratched the side of the car and my mum is blaming him and thay won't shut up it's a Ford Festiva
So my question is should he have put the bonnet down before releasing the jack?

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Unread 02-14-2007, 12:06 PM   #2
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i would say yes not an expert...
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Yes, technically you should always close the doors, hood and trunk before lower are car, whether its on a floor jack or a full car lift.
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wtf how would it make a difference?
I mean the metal bar supporting the bonnet, its not like the bonnet got more weight added to it, unless you mean the jack snapped so the car just went 'boom' to the ground?

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I am guessing he was using a hydraulic jack and released the jack to quickly causing it to fall to the ground. I personally don't always put my hood down when releasing my car from the jack. I do however let the jack down slowly. I also use hydraulic jacks for my car.
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ah that will be it, man just let it down slowly!

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A cars body also can flex slightly when it is jacked up or down. It is always best to keep all doors etc shut when both lifting and lowering the car.
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Those proprods are so easy to bend it's funny. Just get a good hold of it with both hands and straighten it back out and ittl still work. The scratch is no biggie, any good paint place should be able to fix it, tho your wallet may never recover.


As far as lowering the vehicle with hood up, I havent had a time where this would apply. My truck is still high enough off the ground to facilitate jackless oil changes and brakework doesnt require the hood up. Still, if I had it jacked and the hood up, I probably wouldnt let it down. Both of my trucks have spring-loaded hoodhinges and no proprod, so they're less likely to fall if it drops like a rock.
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he dropped it to quickly and caused the prop to come loose and scratch the hood. he should lower the car slowly as to not mess anything else up it just looks bad seeing the car drop at full speed anyways but so it doesnt happen again just close the hood, doors too so it doesnt scratch anything on the side in case they move around
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