Another great invention, the Exhaust Air Jack

exhaust jack Another great invention, the Exhaust Air Jack

This invention is pretty sweet. It basically uses the air from your exhaust to inflate a big bubble that is strong enough to hold up your car. Once it’s to the right height, just turn off your engine and change your tire. The bubble will stay inflated for hours (if you are really bad at changing a tire). Or you can just release the valve, flatten it out and be on your way.

And did I mention it comes in orange? Cause it does. And that’s awesome.

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44 Responses to “Another great invention, the Exhaust Air Jack”


  1. 1 RatsInArabia Dec 8th, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    We used to use these off-roading in the sand dunes in saudi arabia!

    When a car digs itself in, throw this baby under it, rev the engine and as the car is being lifted, you push the car over so its wheels get out of the rut the driver has dug and set them on fresh path!

    Beats digging and rocking the vehicle.

  2. 2 mistralu Jan 16th, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    sublime

  3. 3 Kevin Wilson May 24th, 2010 at 7:20 AM

    Who knew orange could be so cool?

  4. 4 Andri Kyrychok May 31st, 2010 at 7:25 AM

    It seems they are now unavailable……………..

  5. 5 dwyer Jun 1st, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    i wouldnt imagine this being to safe…i mean the ball is filled with exhaust…you know the stuff your not supposed to breathe in…not only that but i can see some jack ass filling it too much and it exploding causing injury or harm to the individual not only that but the car itself…

  6. 6 Bob Jun 1st, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    @dwyer

    mate, these have been used for years in outback Australia, as well as many other countries, they are made with quite thick walls, and you’d have to be a complete moron to over inflate one. many people i know that go 4x4ing, will take one because they take up less space, are lighter and safer to use than a standard high-lift jack.

  7. 7 marlee Jun 2nd, 2010 at 1:03 AM

    Until the actual jack explodes and you don’t think it happens, well think again, i have seen it happen on a 4wd tour…. ha ha ha, well the thought is good…

  8. 8 Daniel Jun 7th, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    @marlee

    Why would the jack explode? There are no gases in car exhaust that explode–if there were, they would have most likely exploded in the combustion chamber.

  9. 9 anonymous Jun 7th, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    Quick note: They DO explode in the “combustion chamber.” Combustion=Explosion, effectively. That being said, I think he meant explode as in overinflate, which you would still have to be a moron to do.

  10. 10 Me Jun 7th, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    Would damage most cars since the weight wouldn’t be centered on jack points. I don’t think it would be good on the engine either.

  11. 11 tommu Jun 10th, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    I needed one of these in the UK several years ago to service my Citroen obsession!
    Proper Citroen’s have Hydropneumatic suspension. When the system fails, the car literally sits on the floor – no other form of jack will fit underneath.

    Doesn’t damage the car as long as your not daft – it spreads the load.

    Doesn’t explode – the pipe will blow of the car / car will stall before it can. And if it does explode, damages your car etc – well you deserved that.

    Did I trust it? No not really ;-)

  12. 12 Joe Jun 11th, 2010 at 4:13 PM

    dwyer & marlee,
    It is dangerous. You could possibly make it explode. You could damage yourself and/or others with it, it’s explosion, and it’s gases.

    But isn’t that the same as gasoline? I mean, it is explosive, you aren’t supposed to breathe it’s gases in, and yet most everyone still uses it. What about propane? Lighter fluid?

    My point is that although it can be dangerous, it is within perfectly acceptable boundaries of danger that people shouldn’t be first hearing about it from this website. We deal with things that are much more dangerous than this on a regular basis. Lawnmowers (those blades could slice someone up, let’s ban them and use safety scissors to cut the lawn), grills (someone could get a serious burn from those, let’s ban them and eat different things that don’t need to be cooked), your computer (if I were to touch that exposed wire with both hands, I might fibrillate, let’s ban them and use…well what could we use? Oh, mail things physically, get music from music shops, watch movies at theaters, and-oh wait, all those things can be dangerous too…).

    This is no more dangerous than most everything you use everyday, and if you look for the danger in everything, then you’ll live a life in fear, cut short by fear induced stress related health problems.

    I’m going to listen to cook up some burgers until the propane tank explodes, after a short drive assuming my cars brakes don’t fail and send me into a tree, then look up more stuff to do on my computer, assuming my cable doesn’t snap and send 450 watts through my heart. Farewell.

  13. 13 ^Joe is an idiot Jun 26th, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    He has poor grammar and is attempting to lecture people on shit he has not a fucking clue about.

  14. 14 vance Jul 1st, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    Ive seen them for 4×4, but they used their onboard compressors. but the exaust is a great idea! Wouldnt work on my rig,,, too many exaust leaks!!

    As for it blowing up due to over inflation,,, the pressure of the vehicle would cause a rupture before input pressure would. You would think this would be a focus point in which the design would revolve. and ive seen pillow jacks lift some big as riggs.

    Also they use giant pillow jacks to move beached river barges.

  15. 15 vance Jul 1st, 2010 at 9:50 AM

    As for a chemical explosion, there is little to no oxygen in exaust. Without the accelerator, there is little chance for an explosion.

    if you ever played with a spud gun, you have experienced this. After firing the gun, if you reload without purging the exaust, it wont fire.

  16. 16 lol Jul 7th, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    lulzzz @ ^Joe is an idiot.

  17. 17 TomTom Jul 12th, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    I’m actually surprised that this even works. I would have thought that it would stall out the engine because of back pressure.

  18. 18 durr Jul 27th, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Whaa whaa whaa… bunch of pussy’s… It might explode, omg this isn’t safe for children. What happens if my pet chews on it. Grow a pair. Here is an idea, if its almost completely inflated, turn off the vehicle retards. Are you to stupid to do that? Yes it is dangerous if you shove it up your ass and turn your car on.

  19. 19 Dave Jul 28th, 2010 at 2:50 AM

    Dammit.. now I have to have one – off to Google to track it down!

  20. 20 Ferret Jul 29th, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    I wouldn’t use one on a daily commuter. The engine in your average car was certainly not designed to handle that kind of pressure coming from its exhaust.

  21. 21 River Rat Aug 5th, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    @durr, haha good one :P. To those of you too scared or retarded to use one of these…don’t buy it! As for me, I would rather get my vehicle up and out and be on my way.

  22. 22 max Aug 5th, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    i dont know…..this seems impractical to me. you have to reach in the car and turn off the engine once the bubble is full of air, risking knocking the car off balance and off the jack. this is cool, but im gonna stick with the conventional jack.

  23. 23 Radman Aug 6th, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Your tire goes flat after driving for some distance. You grab the handi ball jack and proced to connect it to your exause pipe, cool! oh but wait not cool but HOT your exause pipe is skin burning and possibly rubber melting hot after driving around. How do you conect it to your exaust pipe when hot?

  24. 24 the WITNESS Aug 23rd, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    These responses are ridiculous!

    News flash, nobody’s opinion matters for sh!t here or anywhere in existence…not one…mine included.

    Either you’d use the jack or you wouldn’t! What’s so hard to comprehend? All this neurosis bleeds into my reality. Shoo flies shoo.

    by the way, I’d us it.

  25. 25 Car guy Aug 24th, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    @me- please stop talking like you know what you’re talking about. You don’t.
    @Dwyer- you should be more concerned about the scissor jack that came with your car. Most people don’t know where to place them.
    @max- same as above. This thing supports much more surface area than a jack. It is much safer.
    @ferret- do you have the slightest idea what you typed? Daily commuter? Engine… can’t handle… pressure from the exhaust???

    Unbelievable

  26. 26 Jdm engines Aug 28th, 2010 at 10:08 AM

    Not sure how well it holds up, but that is a pretty cool idea.

  27. 27 Varun Sep 5th, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    Orange is nice, but how to make one or get one…?

  28. 28 Nor Cal Cars Sep 21st, 2010 at 8:41 AM

    Great idea, especially for off roading. When you get stuck you don’t have the luxury of pulling over to a nice smooth piece of road so you can use a jack. This would work on most surfaces as long as there isn’t something sharp under where you are going to put it.

  29. 29 @dwyar Sep 27th, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    Wall of text is fail, but post is solid.

  30. 30 John Oct 8th, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    What is becoming of the world, a old gadget like this provokes discussion of how it could be used as a weapon?? Unbelievable, and to those that are afraid of it, please move to New Zealand or Canada, where you will fit in. Jeez

  31. 31 LeaLu Oct 8th, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    It seems a little dangerous…

  32. 32 onemoregadget Oct 8th, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    @John Yes, move to Canada. Where we are afraid of everything, wars, being stabbed, Australians, and exhaust air jacks.

  33. 33 Dave Oct 27th, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Putting that on your exhaust wouldn’t do any thing to the engine because the engine needs back pressure to run. You could block off the exhaust completely with a potato or something like that and when you started up the car all it would do is shot it out. My only problem is that it probably wont work on older larger trucks because of the wieght and the position of the chassis

  34. 34 Sophie Oct 28th, 2010 at 4:18 AM

    I would be a little terrified of it blowing up. Just sayin’.

  35. 35 andrew martin Oct 28th, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    i like turtles

  36. 36 Klaus Janssen Nov 1st, 2010 at 2:52 AM

    Works perfect on an uneven surface like sand. It is good to have one while driving offroad.

  37. 37 Chris Nov 1st, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Will definitely stall the car.

  38. 38 andrea Nov 27th, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    Too much pressure, explodes, falls off when you turn off engine.
    Geez any of you people read whats written. Guys have been using them for years, guess they didn’t explode and the engine didn’t stall.

    A partially inflated ball under the car or a small telescoping piece of metal. One might rock a bit, the other rocks and falls of the jack (hence they tell you to use stands all the time). Uneven surface, on a hill, try using a regular jack a royal PITA.

    And don’t send anyone to Canada, leave them in the states.

    BTW if the car was invented today, it wouldn’t be allowed. All that liquid gasoline, able to explode instantly in an accident. What if someone is smoking within 100′ OMG. And the engine, 8 explosions every time it spins, and what about parts flying off of it.

  39. 39 scott Feb 11th, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    no it wont stall it lol.
    maybe if you built your engine yourself out of cheese or something. any engine worth having will keep itself from stalling with that minimal back pressure. if you have more than 4 cylinders one cylinder will be on its power stroke when one is on its exhaust stroke. i highly doubt that this bag can compete with exploding gasoline in a pressure war. it rarely would go above 30 psi id imagine. the pressure in a cylinder on power stroke is much more than that.

  40. 40 you guys are dumb Feb 28th, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    @max-dont be clumsy
    @chris- if it would definitely stall the car, people wouldnt use them, and the one in the picture wouldnt have the X5 lifted off the ground
    @whoever said exhaust fumes are combustible because there are combustions in the combustion chamber is the dumbest of all, exhaust fumes are the leftover byproducts of the gasoline explosion, and therefore, do not blow up. they were exposed to fire and did not ignite, i dont think compressing it into a plastic bag will make it blow.

    if you dont think its safe, dont buy one, I however am gonna try to track one down because i can guarantee its gotta be safer than the Widowmaker that came with my car (VW jacks are nicknamed widowmakers for a reason)

  41. 41 connor May 26th, 2011 at 9:08 PM

    Am I the only one here thinking that it’s nit a good idea to put pressure not only on the orange bag but to also back up the exhaust? It’s meant to flow out freely, not to have 1000 psi inside

  42. 42 MarkNSalem Aug 2nd, 2011 at 7:37 AM

    Okay, now you have all frightened me out of wanting one of these. I will just use regular pillows. I will buy a small car, like a vw beetle, to follow me around, and then if I break down, I will use the bug to drive into the pillows and wedge more and more of them under the car with the flat tire. Of course if a seam lets go on a regular pillow there could be feathers flying everywhere. Although, feathers were kind of made for flying. Except on an ostrich. Can you get pillows made of ostrich feathers? I wonder if they would be comfortable in pillows. Otherwise, if they were uncomfortable, I would not want to buy enough pillows to crash wedge under a car enough to lift it off the ground to an acceptable height for changing a tire.

    Actually, that all sounds like too much work, I think I will get one of these orange muffler balloons and throw caution to the wind!!

    Fear be damned.

    ..along with my imagination.

  43. 43 @chris Feb 26th, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    hey guys,
    Do anyone knows the materials, from which is made of?

  44. 44 david Apr 21st, 2014 at 5:23 AM

    This is a nice idea, if you don’t have a dual exhaust

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