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DISCOVERY I MADE WHILE JACKING UP THE LEAF

Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:36 am

Yesterday, I was rotating my tires for the winter and made an amazing discovery.. (Well it was a discovery for me, since after 40 years of jacking up cars I had never seen this...)

While using my rolling hydraulic jack on the front jacking point, (to remove the front tire), I discovered that in addition to the front tire, the rear tire also gets lifted!! Not bad time saver if you want to swap the front and back tires.... You only have to use one jack!!
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Re: DISCOVERY I MADE WHILE JACKING UP THE LEAF

Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:41 am

Where is the "front jacking point"? I generally jack the front from the area around the shock tower but I don't believe I've ever had to jack up my Leaf, with no oil changes and all :lol:
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Re: DISCOVERY I MADE WHILE JACKING UP THE LEAF

Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:45 am

On the body, right behind the front tire there is a black (I belive) notched area which is the reinforced jacking point. The rear is the same, just in front of the rear tire on the body panel. Jack on the center of the 2 notches.
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Re: DISCOVERY I MADE WHILE JACKING UP THE LEAF

Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:55 am

Wow if thats the case(one jack jacks up the whole car) I really have no excuse of not rotating the tires somewhat regularly! I've also not seen that in any ICE vehicle I've had.
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Re: DISCOVERY I MADE WHILE JACKING UP THE LEAF

Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:14 am

I've done this with my BMW 5-series as well. But jack must be able to lift QUITE HIGH :lol:

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Re: DISCOVERY I MADE WHILE JACKING UP THE LEAF

Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:33 am

The mobile tire service that comes to install and remove our snow tires also jacks up the whole side of my Leaf. I don't like it, but if it's safe, maybe I'll try it with my next one.
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Re: DISCOVERY I MADE WHILE JACKING UP THE LEAF

Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:45 am

It would be less stress on the body structure to use 2 jacks (front and rear jack points) to raise one side of the car. I cut slots in some hockey pucks to fit the jacking points and sit on top of my floor jack(s) to lift one corner or one side (four on the jacks of my hydraulic lift to lift the whole car).

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Re: DISCOVERY I MADE WHILE JACKING UP THE LEAF

Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:15 am

Yep. It does stress jacking point more, especially if jack is not rolling on the ground. If it does then there is not a lot of torque applied.
I would not prefer that on Leaf because of how jack point is constructed (vertical sheets spot?-welded)
BMW-s have absolutely flat surface plus rubber blocks hanging at those positions.

Using two jacks is even better than doing regular jacking.
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Re: DISCOVERY I MADE WHILE JACKING UP THE LEAF

Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:36 am

Yes, you can use 2 jacks for more safety, but you cant help lifting both tires when you raise the front one. I seriously doubt that you can hurt the car since that is the way the car is made>???

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Re: DISCOVERY I MADE WHILE JACKING UP THE LEAF

Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:15 am

You generally put more stress driving down uneven roads then when jacking however one does has to exercise some common sense and not jack it up so high that both wheels come off the ground when there are several bags of law fertilizer or other heavy materials in the trunk. That is BTW how they test trucks for roadworthyness. Its interesting to see how badly some buckle to the point of requiring body work when they do this on a truck that is deficient.

Here is what I believe is an unloaded test on two pickup trucks however on the loaded test the truck with the stuck tailgates required body repairs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f3CAnH7WIM

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