I am doing a hub seal replacement on my old Landrover. Sadly I screwed up the new seal by putting it on too far, and then by trying to tweak it back out I wrecked the tension spring inside the seal.
It'll be a couple of days before the Landy specialists are open and I can get another seal.
The upshot is that I can't put the roadwheel back on because the whole rotating bits are in pieces.
Should I reassemble the bearings and the brake drum and the other lumps of steel, fit the road wheel, and lower it down? Or can I leave the vehicle on the jack for a couple of days?
For safety I've put the roadwheel on its side under the chassis rail.
The jack is a screw-type from a toyota 40 series, not a scissor jack and not a hydraulic jack - ie you have to turn the handle to raise and lower it.
Vehicle is parked on a level concrete pad on private property and there's no significant risk of pushing it over.
Question is similar to Leaving vehicle on 4 jack stands several days but its about ONE jack not four jackstands.
Edit - yes I could go and buy jackstands. That's a good solution, but the question was specific about a jack and its ability to bear load for a long time.
I wouldn't carry jackstands on an off-road trip - they'd be at home in the garage. So one of my background thoughts is always "can I do this repair with what I carry normally?" I always carry the jack.
Here's the stub axle in the wheel well - there is nothing there that can hold the road wheel and nowhere to attach the wheel. The big black circle is the backing plate for holding brake shoes.
The vehicle stayed on the jack for 5 days. Here's the jack that did it:
It is rated for 0.7 tonnes so 700 kilograms and held the front axle at the leaf spring plate. The road wheel, FWH and drive plate, brake drum and shoes were all removed, saving maybe 40-50 kilograms.
So it was fine for me, but YMMV. I would not have done this if there was any slope, or risk of being pushed off. The tyre was under a chassis rail as a secondary safety.
At NO POINT did anyone get underneath