Best Floor Jack Ever, Arcan XL35R from Costco

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Arcan Floor Jack

If you need a Floor Jack, look no further than Costco!  I got this Arcan XL35R Floor Jack from Costco, when I bought my floormats.  The price for the Arcan jack was $100, which was a great deal on a floor jack of this quality and weight capacity.  (Actually we renewed our Costco membership just to get this jack, so in essence it was $150.)  The Arcan Floor Jack is rated for 3.5 Tons or 7000 pounds.

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So far I have only used the Arcan Floor Jack to lift-up my Mom's Chrysler van (aka the Crapler).  However, I can already tell what a great jack this is.  Lifting the van was like, “cutting through butter” as they say.  It lifted the backside up with ease and little effort on my part.  Even a lot of professional floor jacks I have used require a little muscle to get the vehicle up.  It has a low lift height of 3.5 inches, and goes to almost 21 inches.  The design also makes it easy to get under the rear tire of the van, where as most jacks might get stuck.  I am extremely impressed with the quality of the Arcan.

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Best part about it, if the floor jack ever breaks, you can return it to Costco for a refund or exchange.  No Questions Asked!   Even a few years later if it breaks, they will accept a return.  Costco has has a great return policy and makes sure it's customers are happy with all purchases.

My only complaints are it is a bit heavy at a little over 100 pounds.  I hurt my back getting it out of the car and out of the box.  Of course, I would rather have a solid floor jack made from good metal and steel, rather than a cheap one.

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I don't think I could have found a better floor jack, at a better price.  Even with having to renew our Costco membership for $50, I still think it was worth that cost.  If you are in the market for a floor jack, I highly recommend you buy an Arcan XL35R from Costco.  If you know someone who needs a floor jack, this might make a great Christmas gift.  Of course, you might have a difficult time getting it under the tree.

Recently at a car show I saw a company that sells professional equipment to auto repair shops selling the Arcan XL35, which is basically the same model, for $160.  Most stores and retailers I have seen sell it for that price or a lot more.  Kind of crazy Costco offers such a good price and return policy on a floor jack like the Arcan.  I would even say the Arcan XL35R is the Best Floor Jack I have ever used and probably one the Best Deals in tools or equipment you will find out there.

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Where to Buy Arcan Floor Jack

Amazon actually carries a few Arcan Floor Jack models with Prime Shipping if you prefer to have items delivered right to your house.   There is the Arcan XL20 – 2 Ton Capacity Low Profile Floor Jack which seems like a great option if you don't have a Costco near your house and are already an Amazon Prime member.  There is also two lightweight Aluminum Arcan Floor Jacks available on Amazon, the Arcan ALJ2T Aluminum Jack with a 2 Ton Capacity and for those with slightly larger cars the Arcan ALJ3T with a 3 Ton Capacity.   (The Arcan ALJ3T Aluminum Floor Jack goes in and out of stock on Amazon.)

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I should let people know I have not bought or used the Arcan XL20, Arcan ALJ3T, or the Arcan ALJ2T but I feel that the Arcan makes such a good products I wouldn't hesitate to buy any one of those jacks, site unseen.  My Arcan XL35R is such a good floor jack for the price is still blows my mind.

If you have any questions about this Arcan XL35R Floor Jack I have, feel free to leave a comment below.  I will any questions as quickly and the best way I can.  Also if you found this post helpful please share it on your favorite auto or vehicle forum and share it on social media.  This helps me continue to produce useful articles, videos, and audio content online.

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3M Headlight Restoration Kit Review

In my last post I suggested using Toothpaste to Restore Cloudy Headlights. It will work…. if you spend the whole day doing it!

To save yourself time and sanity I'd suggest buying a 3M Headlight Restoration Kit. These kits range in price from $15-20, and generally work well.  For restoring the headlights on my Mom's '97 Chrysler Town & Country I bought the 3M Headlight Restoration Kit. It took me about 4 hours to do it properly.  The process is basically what a body shop would do to restore and refinish headlights.  Except you use a drill and save a ton of money since you DIY!

Here are Pictures of the Before and After on my Mom's '97 Chrysler Van.

BEFORE
AFTER

I did this on March 6th, 2010. That was about 2 months ago, and the headlights still look pretty good. The headlights were so dim nobody wanted to drive the Town & Country at night, but now that's not a problem.  (Well I don't want to drive it because it's van but that is obviously a separate issue.)

Restoring your headlights is extremely beneficial for your safety and other drivers out on the road.  Not only did this improve the appearance of the van, but the ability to see the road at night and in bad weather greatly improved and other people will be able to see the van better.

It's possible the headlights will get cloudy again, meaning I might have to buy another headlight restoration kit and redo this.  If you want to avoid this in the future I would recommend going down to your local auto parts store and buying a UV clearcoat spray in a can.  Headlights that come from the factory have a UV clearcoat protection on them, which helps protect from UV damage and debris.  Generally when the UV clearcoat wears off is when you start to get cloudy, hazy, and yellowed headlights.

The 3M Headlight Restoration Kit doesn't have any sort of clearcoat spray that comes with the kit.  Some kits, like the Slyvania Headlight Restoration Kit, come with a UV clearcoat application.  I should put a protective UV coating on the van's headlights, to ensure I don't need to refinish the headlights again.  I would recommend you do the same if buy the 3M kit.

Here are some tips for the 3M kit:

  • I was oversanding with the 600 grit sandpaper. The paper would gum up, before I realized it. It probably would have been helpful to wet the 600 grit paper a little bit every so often.
  • You get only 1 piece of 3000 grit sandpaper. It would have been helpful to have 2 pieces in my opinion. I did one headlight then I moved onto the other one, but by then the paper was used up. It took me forever to do the other headlight. I would suggest switching back and forth on each side if you are headlights are really cloudy, hazy, or yellowed.
  • You must Tape-up around your Headlights! I probably would have done a lot of damage to the paint if I didn't! I just used blue Painters Tape you can buy at any local hardware store, which worked fine.
  • I would suggest using a Corded Drill, which is what I used. If you try to use a Battery Powered Drill, I'm sure the battery will run out before you finish and you will be waiting for the batteries to charge.
  • As the video says in the beginning you definitely should have a Spray Bottle and some microfiber towels.
I hope this helps people restore their own Headlights. If you have seriously cloudy, hazy, or yellowed headlights keep in mind the 3M kit probably will not work.  You might need to get them refinished and restored at a body shop.  However, it is worth it to at least try the 3M kit first since it's not that expensive.  I'd imagine your headlights will still look a little bit better.
If you have any questions about using the kit please leave a comment below.