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Old 07-01-2017, 02:04 PM   #1
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Default Using rear diff as jack point? OK or not

I want to change trans fluid on my '08 STI and don't have access to a lift. The car needs to be elevated and level to do so.

I want to put the front wheels on ramps and lift the rear and place on jack-stands.

To lift the rear the only place that looks feasible to lift the both sides while allowing space for jack stands to be placed is the diff, but obviously I don't want to damage it.

So...OK or not to lift at the diff or other suggestions to lift the rear.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-01-2017, 02:09 PM   #2
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Yes it is ok
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Old 07-01-2017, 03:54 PM   #3
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I have always used the rear diff. It has the perfect little spot for the jack to hit and I've never had any problems
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Old 07-01-2017, 06:30 PM   #4
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pretty sure the owners manual even indicates that as the rear center jacking point, so you should be good to go. (that's how I lifted the rear of my old 02 WRX wagon, as well as how I lift the back of my current Legacy, when needed)
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Old 07-01-2017, 09:00 PM   #5
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I've been using it. If you don't want to scuff it up, try using a rubber mat of some sort in between it and the jack plate.
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Old 07-02-2017, 12:42 AM   #6
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pretty sure the owners manual even indicates that as the rear center jacking point, so you should be good to go. (that's how I lifted the rear of my old 02 WRX wagon, as well as how I lift the back of my current Legacy, when needed)
Agreed, it's how I lift my 98 and our 99 since new on each. Also every other Subaru I work on.
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Old 07-02-2017, 05:17 PM   #7
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If you don't want to scuff it up, try using a rubber mat of some sort in between it and the jack plate.
I took that idea a bit further. I cut and shaped an old hockey puck to fit into the top of the metal "saddle" of my floor jack. Canadian, eh!
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Old 07-02-2017, 05:33 PM   #8
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Don't need nothing fancy, a small paperback, especially one you felt was waste of good paper, should do the trick between the jack's "cup" and the differential.

I personally recommend "Midnight's Children".
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Old 07-17-2017, 09:28 AM   #9
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I took that idea a bit further. I cut and shaped an old hockey puck to fit into the top of the metal "saddle" of my floor jack. Canadian, eh!
HAHAHAHAHA! i do the same thing!
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