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Old 01-16-2006, 07:41 PM   #1
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I never got around to doing my right pads/and rotors because of a mishap on Friday. I was admitted to the ER at my local hospital because of a recurring issue and had to take it easy for awhile. Anyways back on track, I went to jack up my car and the part where you put the jack (jacking point) idk what it'* called. Anyways I was jacking it up and that piece of metal bent ... put a major damper on my whole task at hand.it appears that it'* two pieces of metal with one folded over the other a little bit(from looking at the one on the left side) but the one on the right like split... and it is pushing my trim or cladding whichever it is off my car... Idk what to do about it, any ideas???
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sounds like you crumpled your pinch weld but im having a hard time understanding exactly what area your talking about...any pics would be very helpful...also what kind of jack were you using?
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I was using a hydraulic jack... also it'* too dark to take pics now.. I don't trust the flash. I'll get some up tmw.
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Without pics, it'* hard to help you. In the future, please choose a TOPIC title that may give a hint to your topic.

Pics? Better description? Symptoms?
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You can't use a regular jack under the door.. It will bend the metal piece. That metal piece is intended to work with the sissor jack that came with the car.
If your using a hydraulic jack, jack it up by a good section of the subframe. I usually jack it up where the subframe meets the unibody behind the front wheel well. It'* like a foot or so in from the section you were jacking it up from before.
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jacking with a hydraulic jack is ok on the pinch weld if you use a 2x4 or something similar between the jack and the target area, but its def. not a good thing to go in jacking up on a bare pinch weld, did you jack behind the fender or did you jack where the fender meets the rocker?
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As a practice I do not jack on the body or body panels. Like 95 said I aim straight to the subframe or frame like areas of the back. Looking under your car you can see the strongest areas and those are the points I jack from.
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You can't use a regular jack under the door.. It will bend the metal piece. That metal piece is intended to work with the sissor jack that came with the car.
If your using a hydraulic jack, jack it up by a good section of the subframe. I usually jack it up where the subframe meets the unibody behind the front wheel well. It'* like a foot or so in from the section you were jacking it up from before.
Yep, that'* what I was gonna say. That "jack point" is only for use with the stock jack, and even then it'* only really meant for emergencies like changing a tire. Any other jacking, you gotta find some real metal somewhere, as has been stated previously.
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Thanks for the help... didn't really know that, I never thought the metal was the greatest of places to put the jack on, but I couldn't find another spot that I trusted or anything. The only way I had it in the air before was with a car hoist so yeah
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Thanks for the help... didn't really know that, I never thought the metal was the greatest of places to put the jack on, but I couldn't find another spot that I trusted or anything. The only way I had it in the air before was with a car hoist so yeah

yeah just find the little round metal pieces under there that are thick metal (main parts of the subframe supports).
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