The good old days! Well, maybe...

    Remember those good old days when automobile travel could be a lot more adventuresome than today?
    Yes, those were the days when many drivers discovered why bumper jacks should have been called widow makers or at least bone crushers.
    It seems unlikely bumper jacks were actually intended to lift a car. Come to think of it, I have no idea what a bumper jack was intended to do.
    Once the wheel cover was removed and the lug nuts loosened, it was time to put the bumper jack to use. It seemed simple enough. Insert the jack into the jack base. Place the bumper jack so the jack lip is touching the underside of the bumper. Now, put the jack mechanism into the “UP” position. Insert the chisel end of the lug nut wrench into the jack mechanism and begin jacking up the car.

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