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Old 10-21-2007, 10:08 PM   #1
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Default "Hydraulic Oil" for floor jack

My old,offbrand,floor jack doesn't work as well as it did. Sticker on it says use hydraulic oil to refill. Looked around at NAPA for such & didn't see any. I don't want to buy a gallon either. Would power steering fluid or brake fluid work?
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Old 10-21-2007, 10:26 PM   #2
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My old,offbrand,floor jack doesn't work as well as it did. Sticker on it says use hydraulic oil to refill. Looked around at NAPA for such & didn't see any. I don't want to buy a gallon either. Would power steering fluid or brake fluid work?
Do no do the " Use anything slick method" I am sure many grades of hydraulic fluid will work just fine however I always use the fluid labeled for use in hydraulic jacks, it says jack oil right on the label. Usually you can buy it a qt or less at a time at most auto parts stores.
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Yea, PepBoys has jack oil in small containers in their lubricant's aisle
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Old 10-21-2007, 10:50 PM   #4
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Sears and Orchard Supply Hardware also have small containers ...
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Old 10-22-2007, 04:33 AM   #5
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Do not use brake fluid, it will destroy the seals in the jack, very quickly.

As noted, jack oil from an auto parts place, or Mobil DTE 24 from Grainger, used in hydraulic presses, jacks, etc.

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Old 10-22-2007, 05:31 AM   #6
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Dude, you can find hydraulic jack oil in just about any auto parts or tool store. I think even Harbor Freight has some.... or maybe go to TSC. But foor the minimal cost of the stuff, I would use the proper fluid...
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Old 10-22-2007, 09:44 AM   #7
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Use hydraulic jack oil. You can get it at any parts store.
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Old 10-22-2007, 11:12 AM   #8
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My old,offbrand,floor jack doesn't work as well as it did. Sticker on it says use hydraulic oil to refill. Looked around at NAPA for such & didn't see any. I don't want to buy a gallon either. Would power steering fluid or brake fluid work?
ASK the counter person!
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:47 PM   #9
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I will ask the counter person. I was in a rush to get somewhere else when I went in & getting the oil wasn't an urgent need. Thanks for the good advice y'all.
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:53 PM   #10
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Its funny how many people will respond with the same exact answer!
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Its funny how many people will respond with the same exact answer!
When it's a slam dunk with only one answer that is quite predictable!
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Old 10-27-2007, 08:52 PM   #12
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Check Aisle 4 of your nearest Autozone it should be on the bottom shelf. Now you dont have to ask the counter person.
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Yea, PepBoys has jack oil in small containers in their lubricant's aisle
Make sure you get the right one, not the Manny or Moe oil.
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:21 AM   #14
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I topped off two jacks with power steering fluid a couple of years ago, no problems yet, is it worth changing at this point? How long till I die?
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I topped off two jacks with power steering fluid a couple of years ago, no problems yet, is it worth changing at this point? How long till I die?
If you are concerned swipe your wifes turkey baster and suck most of the fluid out and replace it with jack oil.
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