Changing your car tire with a jack is so 2008. With this new invention, the TITAN exhaust air jack, you won’t have to worry about putting the effort into setting up a car jack and then cranking it up and down. It’s pretty cool that this car jack uses air to lift up a car, but what’s even cooler is that the air comes from your car’s exhaust. So you can basically just hook it up to your exhaust pipe, turn your car on, and then sit back and watch your vehicle raise up off the ground.
The Old Way to Change a Tire
You’re probably familiar with using a car jack, but let’s just go over the steps after you’ve put your e-brake on and chocked the diagonally opposite wheel so you can remember that it is kind of a pain to do:
- First, you have to find the thin lip that runs along the outside of the undercarriage where the jack needs to go. (Your car manual shows the optimal place to put the jack.)
- Second, you have to insert the jack handle and do some serious cranking (making sure its lined up with the lip) to get your vehicle off the ground the proper height.
- Lastly, you have to lower the jack cautiously, which takes some effort as well.
The New Way Air Jacks Have Changed the Flat Tire
OK, so the newly “old-fashioned” way isn’t that bad, but it does take some elbow grease along with some effort to find out where to put the jack. I think you’ll agree, though, that this new way is superior:
- With your e-braked car running at an idle, attach the hose to the bag and place the bag flat under a solid part of the vehicle’s underbody.
- Put the other end of the hose over the exhaust pipe, checking to make sure it’s in the proper position before lifting up the car.
- Here’s the fun part, you just get to sit back and watch your car be lifted up.
- To deflate, turn the release valve (on the exhaust end of the hose) slowly.
Although there are basically the same amount of steps with each method, the steps for using the TITAN are simpler and less effort than using a jack. You can also jack up a mid-sized car in about 30 seconds with it when used properly, which is much faster than using a traditional jack. The TITAN can also stay inflated for up to 45 minutes, and you can deflate it in as fast as 5 seconds. It’s made of a strong polyester material coated with PVC to give it great durability. Of course, one concern you might have is that putting a hose on your exhaust is bad for the engine. However, the hose only uses a fraction of the engine pressure to fill up the bag, so this isn’t an issue.
Not Just for Changing Tires
The TITAN is also more adept than a traditional jack at off-road vehicle recovery–when it’s stuck in sand, mud, or snow or in a ditch or gully for example. Additionally, it can be used to replace tire chains, lift trailers, and stabilize trailer cargo. You can see that the back tire is sufficiently off the ground in about 40 seconds, and the front one is up as well in about 80 seconds. Of course, the guy does pause a couple times before resuming. I don’t know about you, but this is one of those inventions where I was left saying “Why didn’t I think of that?”
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