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Old 10-03-2000, 05:12 PM   #1
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Unhappy íJacking up your car!

Just wondering, has anyone also experienced the same problem:?

I jack my car up regularly to change oil. So it was no biggie to jack it up to change out my exhaust. I know in the front there is a jack point in the center, near the engine. I can place the jack stands under the arms.

Now for the rear, there is no center jack point, you'll have to jack it on the points on the side underneath the side skirts. Now I've noticed that the jack point seems to be damaged (bent) where I jacked the car up and let it down onto the jack stand. 1st of all- the only place for the jack stands to hold the car up is by the side skirts right????!!!???? It's not like the front where you can rest the jack stands on the arms??? Now I'm using a regular garden variety Sear-Roebuck floor jack and jackstands. Am i doing something wrong? Cause if i am, I don't wanna keep damaging my subie?!? and I sures as hell can't afford a full sized lift!?!

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Old 10-03-2000, 05:41 PM   #2
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same thing happened to mine with a floor jack at the jack points (front and rear and the metal actually cracked in one spot). You can use the rear diff. as a "jack point" to raise the rear.
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Old 10-03-2000, 07:09 PM   #3
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same thing happened to me on 98 leg gt.im gonna go talk to my dealer.
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Old 10-03-2000, 08:59 PM   #4
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When I jack up my car at the rear, I raise it up by using the rear diff. I then put jack stands under the rear knuckles where the trailing arms mount. No damage at all.

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Old 10-04-2000, 12:42 AM   #5
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Whatever you do, don't go too much inside the sills, as you'll bend something. I had the Apex N1 installed by a jackass who bent something, and it made the whole tranny vibrate against a metal plate! (i fixed it when I went to a garage and lifted the whole car)
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Old 10-04-2000, 06:59 AM   #6
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I jack under the rear diff w/ a block of wood. You can even wrap the wood with a towel for more protection.
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Old 10-04-2000, 07:47 AM   #7
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And people asked me why I was getting the Rear Diff Protector if I wasn't going off-roading.

I jack mine in the rear at the diff protector and a block of wood using a Craftsman Floor Jack.

No probs.
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Old 10-04-2000, 09:04 AM   #8
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Yeah, silverSurfer, I also smooshed the jack points on the side skirts on my last OBS using a hydraulic jack. I don't think it's a problem beyond looks, and the possibility rust starting where the paint was scratched.

Another simple solution, in addition to the other ideas here, is to cut a channel in a block of wood where that ridge in the side skirt can fit, then put the block on top of the jack stand.
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Old 10-04-2000, 11:26 AM   #9
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i jack my car up using the rear diff protector... then use the floor stands at the the location of the side skirts near the rear wheels. no problems so far.
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Old 10-05-2000, 12:01 AM   #10
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You all suck. My girlgfriend is Jean Gray. She levitates the car for me while I work underneath it. But I have to treat her nice tho....
Nah I jack mine via the sides by the skirts.
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