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Old 06-24-2000, 09:16 PM
Leon Hernandez
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Hey gang getting all the items ready for the 60k service in a couple of months. Question,is it feasable to use a floor jack in order to set the vehicle on all four jack stands? If so what would be the lifting points? From experience I tried the car jack and with little wheel movement the first jack stand(left rear) started to slip off the rubber bump as I was lifting the right rear. So I'm a thinking that a floor jackwould give me a more stable response. Well thanks in advance for your ideas and help. Later, LH
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Old 06-25-2000, 01:26 AM
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For what its worth, you should invest in good tools if you plan on doing maintenance with the car if at all possible.

Go ahead (if you have the space to work) and get a decent floor jack (3 Ton) and 4 adjustable car stands, around $120.

I can say from time after time (and I'm certain you will be able to say the same thing soon enough), there is no substitute for the proper tools.

96 C280
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Old 06-25-2000, 11:25 PM
Leon Hernandez
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Appreciate the tip on quality tools. However, I am still seeking opinion/advice on lift points using a floor jack. Also should the jack stands be placed under the rubber bumpers? seems that most jack stands have a narrow plate and am comcerned of vehicle slipping off the rubber bumper? Got about two months, so dig in gang and throw your $.02 worth
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Old 06-26-2000, 01:34 AM
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You should jack the front of the car at the crossmember behind the oil pan and place the jackstands under the jacking points (for the factory jack) on the rocker panels. Jack the rear up at the differential and place the rear stands in the same places (under the factory cut-outs in the rockers). As mentioned earlier in this thread, it's very important to invest in good garage equipment. I have a 3 ton Craftsman Industrial floor jack with a nice big saddle on it and four 6-ton heavy duty jackstands I bought off the Cornwell Tools guy. I think I bought the stands around xmas time a year or so back, and they were $42.95 a pair and the floor jack was around $129. Well worth the investment.

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Old 06-26-2000, 09:49 PM
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The only other place to put the jack stands is the frame. There is one place under the car where the frame is double reinforced in the front. This is where I would do it.

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