Hydraulic jack purchased -where to stick it?

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Jimothy
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Hydraulic jack purchased -where to stick it?

Post by Jimothy »

As I'm planning on doing a lot more of my own maintenance these days, I decided to get a hydraulic jack. My Haynes manual states that the best jacking point for my vehicle is "underneath the centre of the front subframe"

The underbody view is like this:

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I assume that the subframe actually refers to the whole part I've shaded in blue below, and that the correct jacking point must be the red cross, as this seems likely to be the most structurally sound part of this member - but this seems a long way back and a bit awkward to get to, especially if I'm going to use "an interposed block of wood" as haynes suggest.

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So, is this the right point to use or are there alternative safe positions closer to the front of the vehicle?
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Post by addo »

What kind of car? :lol:

The "branch" of your subframe closest to your sump plug should work.

Also the big bolts right towards the bottom corners of the blue shading.

You could get a four inch square of industrial sheet rubber, maybe ¼" thick, as an additional padding for the contact point.

Otherwise jack on the sill jacking points.
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Post by Jimothy »

addo wrote:What kind of car? :lol:
oops - can't believe i missed that out - Berlingo
addo wrote: The "branch" of your subframe closest to your sump plug should work.
Also the big bolts right towards the bottom corners of the blue shading.
Doesn't it need to be dead centre, then, to raise both wheels? Don't want to have to do one side then swap, as this kind of defeats the object of getting the hydraulic jack.
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Post by citroenxm »

I personally, On Xantias which look a very simillar subframe, use Point 7 to jack up on the subframe....

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Post by citronut »

i also do as Paul says, but also at the rear of the member right were the bolts go up through into the bulkhead,


regards malcolm
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Post by addo »

I wouldn't jack it in the middle of that transverse section where the OP proposes. Too much weight for one lift.