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Old 04-03-2008, 12:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Where are the front center points that I can place my floor jack that would lift both front wheels at the same time? I need to know for the rears also. My car is 01 OBW, 4 cyl, manual tranny.
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Hi. Check your owner's manual to be sure, but typically for soobs for the front it is the front jack up plate:



And for the rear, it is under the rear diff (usually I put a block of scrap wood there under the jack):


And of course it goes without saying never get under the vehicle supported only by a jack. I always use ramps, jackstands, etc., usually some combination of the two so that if any single device fails it will not allow the vehicle to drop. Since it can easily be fatal if the vehicle drops on you, and it does happen, I figure can't be too careful here.

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thanks for the pics. yeah, the idea is to put jack stands at the locations shown on your pics, but I wasn't sure where to put the jack that'd allow me to lift either the front two or rear two at the same time. but now i know.
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Big trouble now, must have one of them air jacks in my garage. Where did you purchase yours Porcupine?
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Yes. Safety is verrryyy important. Some people put the jackstands at a 90 deg angle to what I have shown, so that the indent catches the pinch weld. I have not tried it that way.

The air over hydraulic jack I got from www.tooldiscounter.com However I do not suggest ordering from them unless you are willing to wait at least a month for your order and have to call them several times to find out when your order is coming. They do have low prices though, and I always get my stuff, but sometimes it takes months. It is a sturdy jack, works very well (but needs at least 120psig air). It was shipped to me ups ground which is very convenient. I think it is around 100 lbs.
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Yes. Safety is verrryyy important. Some people put the jackstands at a 90 deg angle to what I have shown, so that the indent catches the pinch weld. I have not tried it that way.
Where do you put the jackstands? Any close up pictures? It looks like where I usually put mine, but I've always been pretty skteched out putting it there, so I usually put it on round part of the suspension lower control arm.

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This is the closest close up I have of how I do it anyway. I put it where the factory 'pantograph' jack goes. This area I believe is a little more reinforced. If you have more than one pair of jackstands (and why not, they're not that expensive), then I put another set under there too.

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Will check out the tool shop link. Thanks Porcupine.
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Great write-up porcupine73!

I am all for jack stands too for two reasons I am a chicken of this type of thing and when I worked for the ambulance service I came across a guy who had a car drop on him.

I also work with my cell phone in an easy to reach location while under the car, as it is amazing how quickly something can go wrong with a slip of a spanner or a whatever under a car. I know as I have done one myself.
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Lightbulb Jack Point Safety

I work for New Flyer of America and build city buses. When working on the underbodies, depending on the destination city - we usually paint the jack points Safety Yellow. If you ever needed to lift the coach - the proper place is quickly and easily spotted. A great idea for the those into easy mods.

BTW, when not using the huge jacks to lift a coach 8' off the ground, I regularly scoot under them and protect myself by pushing a floor jack along the framework as I go. It is mandatory.

A couple years ago, in my shop, an airline popped off and the coach fell to it's axles crushing a man who was underneath. The axles provided 8 inches of room for him, we raced a forklift to the scene and several people had to stand on the back of it to give it enough counterbalance to lift that section of the bus. He was unconcious, not breathing, eyes full of blood and rolledback in his head. He is lucky he lived. I work with this guy every day.

Our janitor just came back from 2 month medical leave after is GrandAm fell on him - his jack slipped with no stands.

Also - I wear safety glasses when underneath- dirt/debris seems to always be falling into my face. I know to keep my mouth closed when under the car.

It doesn't just happen to someone else. Be overly careful when lifting anything.


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