This is a discussion on Jacking up a 2011 WRX... within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; OK...maybe I'm retarded (ok I'm definitely retarded), but HOW THE HELL DO YOU GET THIS CAR IN THE AIR? The ...
OK...maybe I'm retarded (ok I'm definitely retarded), but HOW THE HELL DO YOU GET THIS CAR IN THE AIR?
The crossmember is really far back, and, though I can get the jack back there, the front end is too low pump the jack's arm at all. I run into the same problem running from the side.
The only solution I could think of (and this is also retarded) would be to jack up one side, put a jackstand under it, and then jack the other side. I value my car and life though, so this didn't seem like a reasonable solution.
Any hints would be greatly appreciated.
Apparently what I need to get the car up is a low profile jack...hooray for owning 2 jacks haha.
And yeah, if I could just hit a rally jump, freeze in mid air, change the oil, and then unpause and drive away haha
Jack up one side (at pinch weld or subframe), jack stand, jack up other side, jack stand... Vehicle in air, ready to go
The owners manual states where to pick the car up if you need to change tires - but I hate using that spot - I always feel like I am bending something.
To change my oil - I bought low profile ramps. Much safer and faster than the jack. If I ever need to pick the entire front end up (and can't have the ramps), I drive up on the ramps and then put the jack on the jackstand that sits just in front of the transmission.
If I don't die by Thursday, I'll be roarin Friday night - Jimmy Buffett
Only other I ran into was the Subaru oil filter being on so damn tight. A set of 12" adjustable pliers took care of that problem
Thanks for all of the help everybody
I've had my '13 for four months and now 1200 miles. It's only been up in the air by two places 1) The PDI tech from the dealer I got it from and 2) Les Schwab tire as I got a nail in my tire the 3rd day I had my car. Im pissed because I can't tell who screwed up my pinch welds and side skirts?? was looking under my car today just checking out the chassis out of curiosity when I noticed some uneven bends along the pinch weld area, every place where the pinch weld is slightly crushed the rocker has a scuff or chunk out of it.
I watched the guy at Le Schwab tire fix my car and not only did he tell me he owns a heavy modded Bug Eye, but he seemed to take care in what he was doing. I notice he used a full car lift, the kind that has those four arms you adjust to the area you want to touch on the chassis. This is what makes me believe Subaru was careless lifting the car at the dealer. I know it has not needed to be lifted any other time as I watched my car gejt delivered off the truck when I got it with 2 miles on the odometer, but it still had to get a once over from the PDI tech before I could bring it home.
After reading the manual about where to jack or lift the car, I am left puzzled and unclear where the best spot is. The manual says to jack at the pinch welds near the tires at all four corners. Not only does the rocker panels not provide almost any room for that, but the metal looks really soft there and not like it can handle holding the weight of a WRX. I too would like to know where the safest place to lift this car is before I or anyone else does anymore damage under my car.
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