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Re: DISCOVERY I MADE WHILE JACKING UP THE LEAF

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:36 am
by HRTKD
If any of my cars will support it, I will jack up the entire side at once with my floor jack. I have a rubber adapter that keeps the floor jack from crumpling the metal where the jack meets the body. I've been doing this for years without any issues at all. I will slide a jack stand in once the vehicle is high enough but it's there just in case, there's no weight on it. Wheel chocks are used also. A simple 2x4 block is good enough if it's all you have.

Re: DISCOVERY I MADE WHILE JACKING UP THE LEAF

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:29 pm
by LeftieBiker
HRTKD wrote:If any of my cars will support it, I will jack up the entire side at once with my floor jack. I have a rubber adapter that keeps the floor jack from crumpling the metal where the jack meets the body. I've been doing this for years without any issues at all. I will slide a jack stand in once the vehicle is high enough but it's there just in case, there's no weight on it. Wheel chocks are used also. A simple 2x4 block is good enough if it's all you have.
You need to put a little weight on the jack stand(s). If there is no weight on it, and especially if there is a gap, the car can acquire enough momentum if it falls onto it to break or collapse it.

Re: DISCOVERY I MADE WHILE JACKING UP THE LEAF

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:43 pm
by HRTKD
LeftieBiker wrote:
HRTKD wrote:If any of my cars will support it, I will jack up the entire side at once with my floor jack. I have a rubber adapter that keeps the floor jack from crumpling the metal where the jack meets the body. I've been doing this for years without any issues at all. I will slide a jack stand in once the vehicle is high enough but it's there just in case, there's no weight on it. Wheel chocks are used also. A simple 2x4 block is good enough if it's all you have.
You need to put a little weight on the jack stand(s). If there is no weight on it, and especially if there is a gap, the car can acquire enough momentum if it falls onto it to break or collapse it.
I understand what you're saying but it's not necessary in my case. The jack stand is within 1/4" of a solid point of contact, not a suspension part. The floor jack would have to fail catastrophically for there to be a problem. Most floor jacks are going to slowly lose elevation.