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Old 11-27-2012, 12:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is it safe to jack the car in the middle of the pinchweld?

Hello all,

Based on the manual, I should jack the car in the dent area near the wheel. However, I need the same location for placing my jack-stand.

Question> Is it safe to simply jack the car up in the middle of the pinchweld?

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Old 11-27-2012, 01:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jack the car up where it says to if you can and place the jack stand right beside that on the frame.
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Well if I have to jack up the car on the pinchweld, I do it towards the front and stick a long piece of wood on top of my jack to even out the load. Then I place jack stands under the subframe. Just be careful about bending other metal around there. I would stay away from the middle. Are you trying to jack up the entire one side of the car? You can do it from the front of the car with the long block of wood if you are on flat ground. Every time I jack mine up using the pinchweld (and piece of wood), both tires come off the ground. Then the back tire goes back down when I let the weight onto the subframe.

So short version is go ahead and do that but use a block of wood and move it as close to the front of the car as you can. It would probably be fine, but lets be extra safe here. Stick the jack stand in the front under the subframe, then jack up at the rear jacking point and use the jack stand as a backup.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I use the rear subframe bushings up front if i'm doing just 1 side. Or I jack right in the middle of the subframe up front to get the whole front end up.

In the rear I use the L brackets for the parking brake cable right on the body seam.

Or for the whole rear, I get a nice 2x6 plank sized appropriately, spread it across the control arm box and up she goes!
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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^^^^^ +1

I do exactly what Nick does.
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