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Duetto jacking problem

Post by Sailingsax999 on Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:26 pm

We would be very pleased of some advice with our 1994 Duetto.

Unfortunately we had a rear puncture last week and to our embarrassment had to call out the RAC for help.
We inherited a large scissor jack with the Duetto but could not find a appropriate position to lift it. 
Please could someone advise us the correct lifting position?

Thanks in anticipation.
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Re: Duetto jacking problem

Post by rogerblack on Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:05 pm

I don't know the answer to your question, someone with your model may be along shortly.
However I don't believe there's any need for you to be embarrassed about calling the RAC out. After nearly doing myself and the vehicle serious damage when a scissor jack collapsed under my car many moons ago, I have since always called out the AA for any puncture at the roadside, whether in the car or motorhome.  

Last time it happened in the motorhome, the AA man who came out was also a motorhomer and he agreed, either carry a suitable trolley jack or use your breakdown membership, it's what you pay for.

Your decision of course.
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Post by Bulletguy on Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:30 pm

Sailingsax999 wrote:We would be very pleased of some advice with our 1994 Duetto.

Unfortunately we had a rear puncture last week and to our embarrassment had to call out the RAC for help.
We inherited a large scissor jack with the Duetto but could not find a appropriate position to lift it. 
Please could someone advise us the correct lifting position?

Thanks in anticipation.

If yours is an OEM scissor jack it wouldn't surprise me if, like mine, it looks untouched 'as new'? There is a good reason for that....because they have a pin (on the top plate) which is designed to fit in a locating hole or recess on the spring hangers for the front, and rear axle where the springs mount. That limits the use to those points so many owners go for either a small trolley jack or good scissor jack and use it under the wishbone. You could always grind the point nub off of course.

I'm not sure if your Duetto is on the 14" alloys or 15" steels. Being an LE model mine are the latter and to be honest if ever i get a puncture i'd put the kettle on, call my breakdown out, and let some young fit chap sort it! I've felt the weight of those wheels and they are damn heavy.....enough to pull your arms out of socket!
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Duetto jacking problem

Post by Sailingsax999 on Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:20 am

Thanks to you all for your advice.
Will call the RAC if it happens again.
 Having visited Halfords think the two ton jack would take up most of the spare space if any in the Duetto.
Thanks again.
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Post by Bulletguy on Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:37 pm

Sailingsax999 wrote:Thanks to you all for your advice.
Will call the RAC if it happens again.
 Having visited Halfords think the two ton jack would take up most of the spare space if any in the Duetto.
Thanks again.

A 2 ton jack wouldn't be enough for a Transit, you'd need a 3 ton. But yes you are right it would take up valuable space and is only suitable for home use. Calling the breakdown is by far the best, and safest.
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Re: Duetto jacking problem

Post by KMRTOPAZ on Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:17 pm

A very crude calculation of the load on a jack says it's probably little more than a quarter of the gross weight of the vehicle or one half of the relevant axle load.  A two ton rating would be adequate in my view.   Keith

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Post by jollywalker on Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:26 pm

KMRTOPAZ wrote:A very crude calculation of the load on a jack says it's probably little more than a quarter of the gross weight of the vehicle or one half of the relevant axle load.  A two ton rating would be adequate in my view.   Keith
I agree, I have a 2 ton Jack in my workshop, lifts a Duetto corner easily.
My Duetto has the original Ford jack, no problems with that either.

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