For those of us who are just getting under the car for the first time ever, I thought I would bring this thread back & ask some questions that I should have asked before I jacked my car up wrong like I did today. Anyways, from the advice of a neighbor I jacked my car up by the triangular thing just behind the wheel and toward the center which has 3 bolts on it. After I got it up, I put a jackstand under the Y-bar I believe its called. Basically its the thing that is connected to the wheel and has a curved shape. My question is basically was this an alright way to jack the car up, OR should I follow the above procedure in the future, (jacking it up from the center of the car from the front) as I seriously scared myself half to death when I heard some creacks & groans from the metalKICK *** MATT said:I have done so many jacking up's and down's on my B15 so my word might mean something to you.
DON'T use the "safety" jack points around the wheels that were designed for road-side flat changes, because when you use a garage lift, ALL the weight of the car rests on those puny little points and it WILL bend the rail...you use those points in emergencies since when you jack up ONE corner of the car and the other three side are still on the ground and the weight of the car resides on the wheels and springs that are still on the ground.
If you look under the car, behind the front wheel, where the lower control arm-ties into the front sub frame, there is a steel block w/a bushing inside. THATS YOUR FRONT LIFT POINT...
Use those bushing blocks for jack stand points as well.
If you use a floor jack, make sure you got a good wide piece of plywood to not crunch the undercoating off your car.
You can safely jack up your car by positioning your jack right on the center line of your car from the front, with the jack inserted almost all the way in. So meaning when you are ready to pump, all you see is your jack handle. Your Jack pad should contact the lateral bar that ties the sub-frame to the front cross member of the chasis. You want to contact the jack as close to the sub-frame as possible. That frame will hold, believe me, I broke the frame already and its pretty god-damn strong...
adc100 said:I've been crawling under cars for lots and lots of years. I will never crawl under a car supported with jacks alone. I'll jack it and use oak blocks as a backup. If you dont do this-well -read the newspapers and you'll find about someone who didn't use a backup. Jack stands are OK - I guess. Best is the ramp. "Rhino Ramps" by Blitz are the best I've seen. They support 12,000 lbs and they won't slip when you drive up 'em. If I need to remove the wheel and work on the brakes or shocks etc. I'll jack it and still use a backup. Just don't take any chances.