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Old 08-02-2003, 03:40 AM   #1
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Default Anyone have problems from using the rear diff to lift the car?

I am worried about lifting my car up by the rear diff before I put it on jackstands, Ive read that it can tear the rubber bushings that hold the diff in place, but many people seem to lift the car this way. Has anyone had any problems yet, like a torn bushing or anything else?

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Old 08-02-2003, 09:24 AM   #2
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I've been lifting the car at the rear diff ever since I got the car. I checked out the rear diff bushings last month, and they look fine to me.
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Old 08-02-2003, 12:55 PM   #3
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Rear diff is factory recommended lift point. Front point is the crossmember in front of oilpan. From the manual.
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Old 08-04-2003, 01:24 PM   #4
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Its the same as the people who think its okay to lift the transmission by its oil pan. Many people do it because they havent had a problem. Then when something brakes they are surprised.

The KEY word here is LIFTING the car, not resting, by the differential. Its okay to LIFT the car using the differential but you should not let the car sit in this fashion for any amount of time.

Ive taken a couple differentials out, the bushings are way too soft to support so much weight. Heck, Im so worried now that I dont lift my cars by the differential anymore. No reason to stress the rubber out.

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