View Full Version : Floor jack quit

06-15-2007, 09:56 PM
My 3 ton floor jack just quit on me. This is an indirect Stude question, as I use it all the time to work on my Hawk. It won't lift. It would go up half way. I checked the oil, some came out, and now it wont lift at all. I tried to put oil back in, but it does not seem to take any oil. Is this fixable, or junk? Thanks for your help

John Kirchhoff
06-15-2007, 10:36 PM
O rings can go bad in the actual hydraulic jack. They can be replaced if there's a big hex type nut at the top where the cylinder comes out. If that area is smooth shouldered and welded together, there isn't any way to disassemble it.

06-16-2007, 01:16 AM
Is it a Walker? We have a Walker of 30 years do that at least 5 years ago. Wouldnt lift up, couldnt get it down, no real way to take it apart and rebuild it on the bench. We finally took it into a local NAPA who shipped it out to have it rebuilt. I'm not a big proponent on guys, but this was a pretty highly specialized yet reliable item that needed attention we couldnt provide. Came back working great and havent had any problems since.

1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
1950 Studebaker 2R5 with 170 turbocharged

Skip Lackie
06-16-2007, 09:03 AM
What PlainbrownR2 said. My 2-ton Walker died after 25 years and many hundreds of ups and downs. Was gonna rebuild it myself and even bought a parts kit, but discovered that you need several special tools (and maybe skills, too) to do the job. Cost about $100 to have rebuilt, and even came back with a new coat of paint. On the other hand, my $120 Chinese 3-ton croaked after 6 or 8 uses. If your jack is a cheapy Chinese product, throw it away and buy a good one at Sears or NAPA.

Skip Lackie
Washington DC