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This is a discussion on Where to jack the car within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I just recently bought jackstands, as this is my first car that I couldn't drive up on ramps (front spoiler ...

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    Where to jack the car

    I just recently bought jackstands, as this is my first car that I couldn't drive up on ramps (front spoiler to low to ground). The owners manual says to pick the car up from the side right behind the front wheels and just in front of the rear wheels. I would prefer to pick the car up somewhere in the middle so I can more easily manuever. I have a nice floor jack and good stands.

    Where should I put the jack?
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    You can jack the car on the center of the crossmember. Just make sure you put the jack stands on the sides regardless.

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    Do what the manufacturer says. Lifting the car from the center places it on a fulcrum to easily tilt to either side. The OEM normally knows best about their own cars, and therefore, advice from them should be heeded. If you HAVE to lift the car from the center, you would have to get a crossmember, right in the center, may be kinda hard on the front. You have to be careful doing this though, I would heavily advise against it!!!

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    I had the same questions. This thread may help.

    Front: Put the jack on the crossmember, near the rear of the motor.
    Rear: Put the jack under the rear diff.
    Jackstands: Put them where the owners manual shows you to put the emergency roadside jack.

    That is what I do. So far I havn't broken anything and the car hasen't fallen on me.

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    Have you tried putting a 2x4 at the base of the ramps? I had a low Acura that I used to get up on ramps doing that, the 2x4 allowed the front to get up high enough that it did not touch the ramp, even with a lip on the car. It was pretty low too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DUB View Post
    I had the same questions. This thread may help.

    Front: Put the jack on the crossmember, near the rear of the motor.
    Rear: Put the jack under the rear diff.
    Jackstands: Put them where the owners manual shows you to put the emergency roadside jack.

    That is what I do. So far I havn't broken anything and the car hasen't fallen on me.
    Thanks for that thread - I don't know how my search didn't find that one.

    Do you have a picture of where you now jack the car? I was thinking I was going to pick the car up by the subframe (where you circled), but I had a fear that since it wasn't solid steel that it may bend.
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    I've got some parts on the way. When I install them I will be sure to take pics of jack/stand points for you.

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