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    Exclamation Never, EVER, trust the stock jack!

    Was jacking up the car using the stock jack, ready to put it on axle stands of course, and this happened!

    Need-less to say, you should never trust this and get underneath your car without axle stands.

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    Think that warrants an email to vauxhall

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    Had the same thing happen when i had a renault laguna scared the ###t out of me when it broke.

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    they really are crap mines starting to twist - its the only thing I can get under mine though : ( I always stick a spare wheel under though when im at home.

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    Whilst that's pretty crap, in fairness those jacks are supposed to be for emergency use only at the side of the road and aren't designed for regular use for maintenance etc
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    I had the same thing happen to me last year , the jack twisted and partially collapsed .
    Could not wind it up or down so just had to drive off with the jack in place .
    Had a look on line for a replacement and found one at mega vaux for £12 when delivered turned out to be from a saab 9-3 exactly same design even says on it for vx vectra only difference made from much thicker steel and much better made .
    another case of Gm short changing the uk motorist ,s
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian-Highlander View Post
    Whilst that's pretty crap, in fairness those jacks are supposed to be for emergency use only at the side of the road and aren't designed for regular use for maintenance etc

    get a decent jack for home maintenance, use this jack for roadside wheel changes only. Also a sensible idea to place the spare wheel under the car while the punctured wheel is removed, and then swap as you put the spare back on.

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    erm in fairness...the lad hasnt said if it was used at the side of the road or for maintainance so the jumping of the gun is a bit premature..

    i too would contact vx to complain about this.

    al.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al 22 dti View Post
    erm in fairness...the lad hasnt said if it was used at the side of the road or for maintainance so the jumping of the gun is a bit premature..

    i too would contact vx to complain about this.

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    Wasn't having a pop at him anyway. Although in fairness he does say "ready to put up on axle stands", unless he carries axle stands around with him all the time, I doubt it was at the side of the road
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