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Old 08-09-2009, 02:53 PM   #1
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Default Best place to use a floor jack on a 92 Bonneville?

Hello, first time poster here...

I recently acquired a 92 Bonneville SE and it has a LOT of problems. Leaking oil, tranny fluid, electrical problems, no AC, non-working blower, torn out radio harness, etc...

Anyway, since the tranny leak seems to be the worst problem right now, and I'm pretty certain that it'* the pan gasket, I have decided to take it upon myself to make the repair (as I have done it in a Thunderbird before, I figured that it wouldn't be too different to change out.)

I don't have a manual for this vehicle... where would the best place be to place a floor jack to get both tires off the ground at the same time, and where should I place the jack stands afterwards? If anyone has a picture or diagram, that would be even better!
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Howdy,

I can tell you with some confidence where NOT to put it in the front. I have had my car come down a couple times with it placed under the lower A arm. What capacity rating does your floor jack have? I have a small one, too small for all that weight, apparently, although I did not have the same problem in the back. I have used the scissor jack from the trunk with no problems.

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I jacked mine under the suspension in the front, then put blocks of wood under the front tires. I like these better than the jackstands, but to each his own. Just don't jack on the unibody - it will crush.
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The jack itself is rated at 2.5 tons and the stands are 2 tons apiece.

Unfortunately, I am more an armchair mechanic than anything else. I try to do a lot of research before I get my hands dirty, but due to 2 car accidents in the space of a month and a half (neither of which were our fault) the Bonnie is our only drive right now and it has to be dependable. Gotta get it right the first time or I'm dead meat.

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A friend and I got it off the ground, on the jack stands, and got the gasket replaced. The one on there was completely rotted.... and most of the bolts weren't tight at all! You could finger them loose... it was also missing a bolt, so another trip to the auto store took care of that.

So far, no new leak! (Well, except for the dented up oil pan, but that'* another repair for another time...)
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