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Old 12-07-2002, 07:29 PM   #1
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Question Axle stands vs. jack stands vs. axle jacks: I'm going under

Someone once posted NEVER to get under a car on a jack. Nonetheless, I've seen numerous posts that mention putting the car on 'jack stands' or 'axle jacks'. I wouldn't get under if the car was supported by tire-changing jacks, so I bought a couple of pairs of 'axle stands'. They were some fairly heavy-duty Michelin sets each rated for 3 1/2 tons. The thing that confuses me is that they -- like all the other axle 'stands' I saw -- are adjustable. The fact that they're adjustable doesn't make them unsafe for getting UNDERNEATH the car, does it?

Also, is it okay to put axle stands in the jacking points if I want access to the axles and such?
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Old 12-07-2002, 09:24 PM   #2
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All jack stands that I know of are adjustable. They are rated to hold specific weights with that adjustability so I wouldn't worry about it. As a precaution, I would still leave a jack in place or if you've removed the wheels for any reason, I usually leave them flat and under the edge of the car. If anything fails, knock on wood, then at least the rims will prevent the car from crushing me.

As for placement of the jack stands, I usually use the front subframe/crossmember sections and for the rear, there is a flat spot a little further in from the factory jack points that you can use. If you do use the factory jack points, I would use something like a hockey puck or a peice of wood with a slot cut in it so that you don't bend the metal tabs.

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Old 12-09-2002, 11:11 PM   #3
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Wood block or bricks behind and on front of wheels to prevent the car from rolling of the jacks or jack stands. I use a combination of Jack, jack stand and always wheel chocks.
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