How To Use An Exhaust Jack For Four-Wheel Drive Recovery

April 19, 2018

A lesson in four-wheel drive self-recovery using an exhaust jack by Glynn Williams

How to correctly and safely use the exhaust jack for vehicle recovery.Tired of getting your four-wheel drive bogged or caught up on rocks and having to dig yourself out or fill in holes to improve your traction? It can be physically exhausting and it certainly takes the pleasure out of your four-wheel drive experience spending most of the time getting bogged or caught up. Though there are many techniques that Perth operated four-wheel drive training school Western Wilderness 4WD & Survival Training teach as part of their Perth four-wheel drive trainer courses, the use of the popular exhaust jack is a welcome option as an addition to any four-wheel drive recovery kit for quick, safe and effective self-recovery.

An exhaust jack uses your vehicle’s exhaust or an air compressor to lift your vehicle safely by inflating. Quickly and easily lift vehicles up to 4-tonnes. In seconds you can lift your vehicle out of bogs or ruts using the exhaust air jack.

An exhaust jack recovery kit will generally contain, a puncture repair kit in case the exhaust jack is pierced, a pair of work gloves to keep your hands clean as well as protected, protective mats to protect your jack from sharp under car body projections or sharp rocks and sticks on the surface where the exhaust jack will be placed, a carry bag to store the jack and accessories in, an extension hose, an exhaust hose and the exhaust jack itself.

A good quality exhaust jack is designed with several layers for operational strength. Exhaust jacks are a good alternative to a high-lift jack to minimise the risks associated with vehicle damage that can occur with high-lift jacks. An exhaust Jack is suitable for use in varying surface conditions; sand, mud, soft, sloping ground or snow.

Instructions for correct use of your Exhaust Jack

Manufacturer Safety Warnings

Always follow the manufacture’s safety instruction of the brand and product you are using

  • Never allow any part of your body to be under the vehicle when it is supported by the exhaust jack.
  • Never use the exhaust jack for changing wheels.
  • Never inflate the jack beyond 10psi.
  • Beware of vehicles exhaust fumes and don’t use in a confined area and turn off engine when not inflating jack.

How to use the Exhaust Jack

  1. Secure the vehicle from rolling
  2. Prepare Exhaust Jack
  3. Position under the vehicle
    1. Avoid sharp brackets or edges
    2. Avoid exhaust and fuel tanks
  4. Lifting Procedure
    1. Make sure vehicle is in neutral or park
    2. Start engine and allow to idle
    3. Inflate the bag
      1. Firmly press the cone over vehicle exhaust or,
      2. Use the air compressor option
    4. Inflate until wheels are clear of the ground and (don’t over inflate)
  5. Fill in area under the wheels
  6. Lower the vehicle gently

Join Western Wilderness 4WD & Survival Training instructor Glynn Williams on any of our Perth based four-wheel drive training courses to learn the correct techniques for driving on sand in your four-wheel drive. The Western Wilderness 4WD & Survival Training Half-day Sand Training Course has been designed to focus your training and development to learn how to control your vehicle in sand conditions such as on the beach, dunes, sand tracks and hills. Find out more information on our popular four-wheel drive sand training course here.

You will learn on the course the following driver training objectives:

  • Pre-start vehicle check.
  • Understand how a four-wheel drive works.
  • Environmental impact.
  • How to get the best out of your 4×4 in sandy conditions.
  • Understanding the importance of tyre pressures.
  • Understanding the difference between external bead lockers (split rims) and internal bead lockers (standard safety rims).
  • Practical driving on sand tracks and hills.
  • Introduction to basic recovery equipment including the Exhaust Jack.

Book a 4WD Sand Training Course in Perth here.