Hydraulic Jack OIL alternatives?

Old 06-20-17, 06:02 AM
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Hydraulic Jack OIL alternatives?

OK so I heard you can substitute motor oil to top off you jack fluid if you're in a pinch.
But I also remembering seeing they are selling a trany and jack oil hybrid?
So does that mean I would be better off topping off with trany fluid?
I am sure getting spun around? just needed a few spoonfuls.
Does this also mean this is just a temporary thing, that you should eventually change out mixed oil and put the correct one in your jack? PS is it ever recommended to change oil or just top off?
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I heard of using transmission fluid but not motor oil. Why can't you get some hydraulic oil?
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You should fine hydraulic jack oil at your local auto parts store. I understand not needing much of it, and something else might work, but I doubt that you're going to put transmission fluid in your engine, or vice versa, so why not use the proper oil in your jack?
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Transmission oil will work but as the others have said, why not buy a small bottle of jack oil? I use the hydraulic oil for my tractor but I don't think you can buy it in containers less than 2 gallon. I think jack oil is sold by the pint and quart.
Old 06-20-17, 08:02 AM
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Boy you guys are thorough! I did manage to buy a small bottle of Jack Oil. Also Decided to drained it while I was at it! The main reason I asked was the first 2 stores I went to including Wally World only sold 2 gallons As Marksr Mentioned! Just thought I would pick your brains lol!
Now I wish I had the manual in order to purge correctly but seems I got it pretty close since it goes up a lot further than it did!
Old 06-20-17, 08:22 AM
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Fill jack when it is all the way up. Leave cap loose or off as you may overfill and will run out when lowered.

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