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Old 07-21-2003, 11:29 PM   #1
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Default Best way to get the car off the ground???

I will be doing my 30,000 mile tune up here shortly. I'm wondering what would be the best way to get the car up on 4 jackstands? I'm not sue where to put the points at. I want to be able to work on all 4 rotors at the same time. It will prolly be up on stands for a couple of days.

Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 07-22-2003, 01:17 PM   #2
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the rear is real easy, just use the rear diff to jack up and use jack stands on the factory stand points. u're using a hydraulic jack, right? not the factory one?

the front i usually just jack up one side at a time (since my jack is a piece of crap) under the main frame beam parallel to the factory
jack points and put a jack stand on the factory stand points.
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Old 07-22-2003, 01:36 PM   #3
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I've been told that it's safe to jack up the front with the jack under the crossmember(or whatever it's called). It's that hunk o' metal under the oil pan.

Make sure that you're jack can roll because, once one end of the car is on stands, it's possible to pull it off if the jack doesn't roll as it's raising the car.
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Old 07-22-2003, 01:42 PM   #4
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As mentioned, jack up the rear under the rear diff.

Jack up the front under the longitudinal brace/link of cross member. The piece is not under the oil pan, it is behind the oil pan.
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Old 07-22-2003, 01:45 PM   #5
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I've heard the piece behind the oil pan called the "jack plate" and is a good place to jack the front end - i just suggest the use of a piece of wood unless your jack has rubber to keep this piece from becoming mangled, as mine is dented pretty badly
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Old 07-22-2003, 03:57 PM   #6
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Rear Differential to get the back end up.

I use the subframe just forward and inside of the standad jack point for the 3 ton jack. The jackstand goes under the standard jack point.

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Old 07-22-2003, 05:22 PM   #7
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I've heard the piece behind the oil pan called the "jack plate" and is a good place to jack the front end - i just suggest the use of a piece of wood unless your jack has rubber to keep this piece from becoming mangled, as mine is dented pretty badly
What he said ^^^^^

Mine is all mangled as well. Just make sure it doesn't slip off if sitting on a piece of wood.

I've done it a thousand times, works perfect.
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Old 07-22-2003, 10:26 PM   #8
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The jacking points are clearly labeled in your manual located in the glove box.

Use the rear diff for the back, the jacking plate for the front.
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Old 07-22-2003, 10:39 PM   #9
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Cool. I'll be using a hydralic jack and 4 jack stands.

Cheers <insert smilie downing a pint>
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Old 07-23-2003, 01:51 PM   #10
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I though ramps where the best way
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Old 07-23-2003, 02:08 PM   #11
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Magnetic force levitation is the best way to get it off the ground . You can't use ramps when you need to put the car on stands in order to take the wheels off, and you'd be insane to try it .


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Old 07-23-2003, 03:19 PM   #12
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I jack the front using the stock jack points, then put stands under the subframe.

Jack the rear with the diff, stands @ the jack points.
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Old 07-23-2003, 05:20 PM   #13
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"in order to take the wheels off"
He is doing the 30k service, I didnt think wheel removal was necessary.
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Old 07-24-2003, 10:42 AM   #14
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It's easier to inspect the brakes with the wheels off.
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Old 07-24-2003, 10:47 AM   #15
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I'm going to be replacing pads and bleeding brake lines. I'll also be installing the rear diff plate while it's up. As well, I'll be replacing all the fluids and would like to have it up on jacks to be easier to get to.

thnx for the help!!!
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Old 07-24-2003, 02:09 PM   #16
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"It's easier to inspect the brakes with the wheels off."

Forgot about that part
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Old 07-27-2003, 10:52 AM   #17
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I usually check the brakes every tire rotation. It's just as easy though, to look at the outside brake pad through the caliper to check for thickness and rub your finger over the rotor to check for scoring or ripples.

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Old 07-28-2003, 01:03 PM   #18
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i'd get some CMU blocks and let the car sit there if you're doing this for a couple of days. make sure the blocks are big and solid. you don't want that sucker cracking and dropping your car.

this way, you won't need 4 jackstands.

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Old 07-30-2003, 01:46 PM   #19
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Question CMU Blocks???

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i'd get some CMU blocks ....
this way, you won't need 4 jackstands.

jason
What are CMU blocks?
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Old 07-31-2003, 01:29 PM   #20
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What are CMU blocks?

Ditto
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Old 07-31-2003, 02:22 PM   #21
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I just looked on Google - it's a concrete block (Concrete Masonary Unit).

I think they might be too brittle to trust, but I don't know much about concrete. I guess my foundation is made with them and my house hasn't collapsed yet
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Old 07-31-2003, 05:10 PM   #22
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If these are the same thing as cinderblocks, you really shouldn't use them. People do, but they are rather prone to fracture. They can crumble.

A semi-decent pair of jackstands can be bought for like $30. Your life is hardly worth saving $25.
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Old 08-01-2003, 03:04 AM   #23
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Hire ten illegal immigrants to lift your car on command.
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Old 08-02-2003, 12:22 AM   #24
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I just looked on Google - it's a concrete block (Concrete Masonary Unit).

I think they might be too brittle to trust, but I don't know much about concrete. I guess my foundation is made with them and my house hasn't collapsed yet
LOL....sorry. i forgot to explain what cmu is. it should be stable when you put it right-side up. better if you have a piece of plywood to disperse the load.

just giving a suggestion that might save you some money. personally, i'd just jack 1 side at a time. it's not like it takes 30 mins. to jack the car up.

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Old 08-02-2003, 05:49 PM   #25
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If you cant figure out how to jack your car up yourself you probably shouldnt be working on it.
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