Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Boston Mass. area
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I was taught to chock / block the non-brake-work wheels (that is, chock the backs when working on the front, chock the fronts when working on the back). These prevent the car from shifting front to back. Lifting one side at a time prevents the car from shifting to the side.
And if you're working on blacktop and you're in the US heat district (most of the country these last couple of weeks), watch out for jacks and jack-stands sinking into the blacktop. Almost sank a Volvo I once owned, but the bottom braces on the stand just barely prevented full submersion of the jack stand. And I didn't notice until I was done and couldn't pull the jack stand out. A short section of 2x6 or 2x8 will spread the load.
1986 MT-4 4-cylinder (R.I.P. circa 1990, rust, clutch)
1994 Station Wagon (R.I.P. circa 9/2005)
1991 Station Wagon (R.I.P. 1/2007, but the Benz that pulled out in front was bent much worse)
1998 SE Station Wagon (R.I.P. 2/28/09 at ~186k)
2004 Taurus SE w/Vulcan & AX4N | dark shadow gray metallic | gray cloth interior | still strong at 192K+
2000 Taurus SE wagon w/Vulcan & AX4S / tropic green metallic | gray cloth interior | purchased 6/12 at 51k miles