Your car's jack pads is one of the little-known parts of your car that, despite its relative obscurity, actually helps make your vehicle safer and more convenient but not in the way you would expect. Mounted on strategic areas of your vehicle, the jack pads serve as the specified lifting point for the floor jack and hydraulic lift. The pad is also designed to compress, helping cushion the weight of the vehicle against the jack. And because it is placed on an area where it is constantly exposed to the elements, the jack pads would eventually deteriorate and fall out of the vehicle. And when it does happen to your car, the pads have to be replaced as soon as possible.
Choose the best material
Jack pads are usually made from the following materials:
- Rubber: The most commonly used material in jack pads, rubber is highly flexible and can serve as an effective cushion for the car to rest on. However, it is easily affected by the weather, and it can be damaged by excessive heat and frozen by the cold. Most rubber jack pads are also combined with a plastic backing for additional strength and support.
- Silicone: Silicone jack pads have the same flexibility as rubber, but they are more resilient against extreme temperatures. However, they are not as common as their rubber counterparts. They tend to be more expensive.
Make sure that it's the right fit
The biggest consideration you need to make when buying a replacement jack pad for your vehicle is its compatibility with your car. This is because jack pads available in the market today are made to conform to a specific car make and model and are not interchangeable. So before you purchase a jack pad to replace the missing or worn-out one in your car, make sure that it is actually compatible first. You can use the old jack pads as reference, but if that is not possible, you can also check the part and manufacturing number often found on the product description page of the replacement part.