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How high I can lift the car when I only plan to use two jack stands

Hello all,

Assume that I need to do the brake works so I need to lift my car and then use jack stands to support the car.

Q1> How high I can use just two jack stands to support the car without the danger that the car may fall all backwards?

Q2> Is it a good practice to just use one jack stand to support the side where I need to do the brake task?

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I always jack up the car and place the stands on the rear subframe bolts. You can go as high as your jack will let you.

If you do one side at a time, and you want to go high with it, you may have problems with the car rocking because it will pick up the whole side and may want to rock corner to corner.

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1" lower than the height at which it fell.

Seriously, engage the parking brake firmly and get the front wheels just off the ground for removal. If you're just replacing pads, you don't need to be under the car.

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1" lower than the height at which it fell.

Seriously, engage the parking brake firmly and get the front wheels just off the ground for removal. If you're just replacing pads, you don't need to be under the car.
Q1> why do we need to apply parking brake?


Q2> when we do the brake works, should we release the parking brake?

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when we do the brake works, should we release the parking brake?

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Front, no. Rear, yes

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Seriously, engage the parking brake firmly and get the front wheels just off the ground for removal. If you're just replacing pads, you don't need to be under the car.
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You only need to get it high enough to get the tire off, and back on again.

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1" lower than the height at which it fell.
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Parking brake locks only the rear wheels so when you jack up the front two you would have nothing holding your car in place if you didnt have the parking brake on.
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You don't really need the jack stands to do brake job. Just lift the vehicle with the scissor jack, and do one side at a time, with shifter in P and parking brake engaged. If you work on the rear brakes, release the parking brake, leave shifter in P, and support the opposite rear wheel with a set of chocks.
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DO NOT WORK ON YOUR CAR ON A SCISSOR JACK

Just asking to become an amputee. You really trust that crappy chunk of stamped not to give you a plastic limb?

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^ +1

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.

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