The 2003 F250 Extended Cab that I recently bought came with a jack lying loose under the jump seat. I'm trying to determine how the jack and the (missing) spare tire crank rods and lug nut wrench are stored.
I've been to two dealers, a Ford salvage yard, and searched the Internet, but no conclusive answers. The base of the jack appears to fit into the vertical bracket that is also the passenger-side support for the jump seat. This bracket has a somewhat complicated shape at the bottom, but the jack will engage the two small tabs (middle photo) such that it will not slide around on the floor. However, it is a loose fit and the jack rattles. It seems that there should be a clamp of some kind to hold the jack tight against the bracket, and, in fact, the parts catalog shows a small clamp ($44!) and a bolt with a plastic **** on the end (only $14) as part of this F250 jack assembly. Looking at the upright bracket and jack, I see no threaded holes that would take the bolt shown in the parts catalog.
Several sources say that the crank rods are stored under the hood. There are no clips to hold any rods under the hood of this truck. A service writer agreed with me on this, which is about the only thing that we have concluded.
The square tube that is part of the center support for the jump seats (lower photo) appears to me to have some function related to storing the rods. I've seen jack "kits" offered on eBay and the rods are stored in a roll-up type pouch with individual pockets for the rods. I'm guessing the rods and pouch somehow go into the square tube, but I have no idea how the pouch might be supported at the bracket end.
Can anyone explain how the jack is held to the bracket and how/where the rods are stored? This can't be all this hard, can it?!
Here are scraprat's photos for quick reference:
Last edited by NoReason; 07-02-2010 at 11:09 PM.
Reason: Add scraprat's photos.
There is a **** and bracket(clamp) that holds the jack to the back seat passenger side brace and there is a pouch that holds the rods and lug nut tool. The pouch sits flush with the floor and is held in place with a screw and clamp. I'll snap a picture later.
Thanks for the answers and, especially, the effort required to post pictures, ScrapRat. It's guys like you that lend real value to these forums (as opposed to the "x2" posters and others who are just running up their post counts).
The small bracket and the bolt with the plastic **** shown in the parts catalog as part of the jack assembly now make sense. The question becomes, "Do I want to pay Ford $60 for a couple of trinkets when I imagine that there are dozens of the parts lying around in the dirt at the salvage yard and no one will ever recognize them for what they are?"
I knew the answer to the rod storage question had to be simple, but bolting the crank rods in their storage pouch to the floor was even simpler than I imagined.
Thanks again, SR, you're more knowledgeable than FoMoCo service departments!
I Just have a question related to this.
My 2001 f350 7.3 has the rods stored under the hood on a tray over the radiator, but i see the threaded hole in your floor, so that is not the case for you.
My question is when did they change the design, or is it that the F250 and the F350 are different?
I work at a tire shop, so I see it both ways, but I never really pay attention to the year or model of the vehicle, I just help the tire techs find the jack handles so they can put the spare tire away.
Mr. Finch, I think recently the location depends on the cab size. I don't know when they moved the stuff back inside the cab, I just know where it's all been recently. My dad's crew has the handles behind the back seats in tray by the rear cab wall. My super has them on the floor since the seat back doesn't fold down, makes up the insulation on the back of the cab, and can be a PITA the get back on, especially if there's anything in the back seat. I don't know where they are in a single cab since I don't have one and can't go look, maybe someone else will chime in about that.
Reg. cab has a tray where the lug wrench and spare tire & jack crank in a black bag screw
in the tray. Jack is straped to the floor behind the passenger seat. plenty of room to store stuff in tray on top of bag.