In this article, we are going to talk about a theme that can be of use to everyone. Whether it’s because you have a flat tire, or you want to change your brake pads, knowing where the jack is on a GMC Sierra is important. In actual fact, without the jack, you won’t be able to lift your car and consequently change a wheel, or, access the components behind it such as the brake pads for example. To do this, we will first describe the different types of jacks, then, where the jack is on an GMC Sierra, and at last, how to use the jack on your car.
What are the different types of jacks for GMC Sierra?
So we begin our content page with the different types of jacks that exist. In actual fact, although generally most GMC Sierra will be equipped with the same kind of jack, there are still different styles with different uses, here they are:
- The single-arm screw jack for GMC Sierra : The first type of jack, the most traditional and cheapest of all, is generally determined on entry-level models, or with few options. This kind of jack has just one articulated arm that is positioned under the motor vehicle to lift it. This kind of jack is light, easy to use, but does not enable you to lift large loads.
- The double-arm screw jack for GMC Sierra : It uses exactly similar principle as the jack seen earlier, that is, a worm screw that will enable screwing to raise the jack, and unscrewing to lower it, nevertheless the use of a double arm will enable to have a more stable jack that can lift a higher payload.
- The hydraulic jack for GMC Sierra : This form of jack is not standard equipment on cars, and is usually just supplied with a premium model or bought in motor vehicle centres. These jacks are heavier, generally less bulky and have the advantage of being much less complicated to use and able to lift a larger load. It would cost between 20 and 50 euros to buy them, here is a simple and effective model from Oscaro.
Where is the jack on GMC Sierra?
We will now commence the part that surely made you come to this content, where is the jack on a GMC Sierra? It might seem simple, but depending on the motor vehicle produce and model the location of the jack is not similar. Be aware that most GMC Sierra cars are supplied with a jack, if they are not you will have to find a puncture-proof spray or a compressor instead. Whether you have just bought your GMC Sierra or have been loaned one, or are renting it, you might not have this information. We are going to give you the different locations of the jack on your motor vehicle, these locations might change depending on the year and the finish of your GMC Sierra:
- The most general position for a jack is in the trunk of your GMC Sierra. To reach it, just lift the carpet in the trunk and you should find it and the spare tire.
- In the rear wheel arch: Similar but less common position, your jack may be in your trunk, but on the side of the trunk, to reach it you just have to open the hatch in the right part of your trunk.
- Last possible location for the jack on your GMC Sierra is under your motor vehicle. If you still have the spare tire you will find it under your trunk, in most cases you will have to unscrew a nut to be able to release it and the spare tire.
How to use the jack on a GMC Sierra?
Finally, we will quickly describe how to use the jack on your GMC Sierra. Whether it is to change your wheel or to change the brake pads of your GMC Sierra, the procedure remains similar. This procedure might seem complex, but you just need to follow a few recommendations to use your jack safely:
- Before lifting your GMC Sierra, remember to engage the handbrake as well as a gear to lock your wheels.
- Unscrew the wheel nuts of the wheels you want to work on before lifting the car, in any other case you risk damaging the transmission.
- Start to lift your jack (about 20 centimeters) and position it under your motor vehicle at the level of the underbody, you will in most cases find a notch to position it in the right place.
- Raise your GMC Sierra, don’t bother doing it much, if your tire comes off three inches off the ground that’s enough.
To find more tips on the GMC Sierra, take a look at the GMC Sierra category.