Pumping Up Hydraulics

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If you can't (or don't want to) start your engine, but want to use the hydraulics, what do you do?

  • Be extremely careful with this....
  • Use a 1/2" electric drill or air driver (not impact wrench)
  • Make an intermediate pulley with two sheaves to gear down the drill. Use a 1/2" rod with bearing or pillow block.
  • Hand-tension is sufficient between drill and pulley, and pulley and pump
  • Use long enough belts to reach the side of the car.
  • Be extremely careful -- wear leather gloves, at least on the hand holding the intermediate pulley.
  • Consider an old starter motor with a pulley mounted on the end.
  • Spin until the regulator cuts out and lets the pump freewheel.