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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:07 pm    Post subject:  jack point Reply with quote

So I keep a small floor jack in my trunk, because I despise scissor jacks. But I tried to use it to jack up the car to change the wheel, and one it doesn't fit in the cutout without bending three plastic and two it's not tall enough to get the wheel off the ground using that jack point. Is there another good spot for floor jack?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:42 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

A floor jack big enough to properly lift and stabilize a car with jack stands is probably not going to easily fit in your truck. Scissor jacks are there because they are small, lightweight, and not prone to hydraulic failure - but I still wouldn't get underneath a car held up by scissor jacks.

The jack points on the Impala are the front center of the engine cradle and the metal "lump" sticking down in the area between the rear suspension arms. I don't recall if it's directly between the arms, but it's fairly obvious if you look underneath the car.

I have lifted it from other points (including the "frame" rails underneath the body), but they aren't really recommended. The car isn't designed to be lifted by the rocker panels, and it's only designed to be lifted by the pinch weld (where the scissor jack goes) with a scissor jack or a pinch weld lifting pad that you can put on the floor jack saddle (so you won't crush the pinch weld). Hope that helps.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 3:02 am    Post subject:  Re: jack point Reply with quote

impala2k wrote:
So I keep a small floor jack in my trunk, because I despise scissor jacks. But I tried to use it to jack up the car to change the wheel, and one it doesn't fit in the cutout without bending three plastic and two it's not tall enough to get the wheel off the ground using that jack point. Is there another good spot for floor jack?
might not be the original one?


you only have to get it 1/2" off the ground the tire and then you can get it out
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