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Jacking Up Your Car Using A Floorjack And Jackstands
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If you have a nice floorjack and jackstands, this is an easy task and should only take a few minutes. I highly reccomend a good low profile floor jack and some decent jack stands (One's that fit right over the factory jack pads are an added plus).
The Front Jacking Point Controversy
A lot of people believe that jacking from the front jacking point is not a good idea. My opinion is that the front frame is right underneath it and for the few seconds that it supports the car, it's not going to do anything bad. It might deform a little bit, but no car is perfect. If you don't like my method, feel free to follow your own.
Set Of Low Profile Ramps (These can be replaced with some 2x10's or equivalents, but the ramps are always nice to have)
Low Profile Floorjack (At least 1.5 Ton Capacity and a long handle is highly reccomended)
Small Piece Of Wood (To put over the cup of the floor jack so nothing gets damaged)
4 Jackstands (At least 1.5 Ton Capacity)
Common Sense (So you don't crush yourself because of your own stupidity)
Jacking up your car can be extremely dangerous, so if you do not feel comfortable operating a floor jack or being under a car supported by jack stands then do not attempt to do this! Take your time and make sure that you are constantly being safe! NEVER EVER GET UNDER A CAR ONLY SUPPORTED BY A FLOOR JACK! They can fail and as you can imagine can cause some serious injury.
Also make sure that you are ensuring that the car cannot roll off of the jack stands or ramps when you are lifting or lowering the vehicle! Invest in some wheel chocks, keep the parking brake on, and keep your car in gear!
Locate The Front Jack Pads
Locate The Rear Jack Pads
Locate The Cars Jack Pads
1. Look underneath the side of your car hidden beneath the side skirt. You will find one jack pad in the front and in the rear. These are the safe jacking points that we will be using to support the car. (Note: If you are planning to remove the wheels, break or loosen the lug nuts a bit before lifting the car, unless of course, you have air tools.)
This is a simple, safe, and easy way to get the car onto jackstands. It gives plenty of room to work and allows you to do any Do-It-Yourself job from the garage! Yes, this is not my car, it's my brother's 2004 330ci. I really like the look of the Style 71 rims and like always, it's an excellent choice for a vehicle!