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#1 (permalink) Old 05-27-2004, 10:37 AM
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I'm going to change my oil today, and need a spot where I can jack up the car, last time I did it, I placed it on the bar that connects to the tire.. (steering rack? i don't know what it's called).

I just have a pair of jack stands from autozone, the V shaped.

here's an awful pic of where i placed it last time
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That are the points for jack up your car.
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yeah... but to place the JACK STANDS.
so i can rest the car on them.
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there are jacking pads under those spots, you put the jack stands there

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umm, well i see a little hole under there.. but my jack stand won't fit there. If i lower the car while my stands are there, it seems like it would poke two holes through the molding. (remember i have some V shaped stands)
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thats why jack stands suck for BMW's they seem to cut into the car more than keep the car lifted. if you have holes directly below the jack holes on the sides, than you are missing your jack pads. those, would be your best meathod of attack. you could use some sort of wooden 2x4 and put the jacks under there. however if they are gone it, use the 2x4 and use it flush to the body, you should cause damage, another point is shown in the picture, this is where i usually put the front pads of the lift when using the hydralic lift.

p.s you dont want to put all that pressure on your control arms, bending those is an expensive mistake.
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You dont put the jack stand in the whole but over it. If the top of the jack stand of v-shaped, you just put the tips on either side of the hole underneath the car where the jack plates are. I did this yesterday and it worked fine!

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there are jacking pads under those spots, you put the jack stands there
Yea, exactly the spots where the arrows aimed at! (See pic above)

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can we use a floor jack same as in the attached picture on our cars? if so where do you guys position the jack?
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sure. same place as above pictures.

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so there's nowhere in the middle where you can position this jack so then you can place the jackstands on the pads?
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Hmm....Just attach some flat strips of metel on top of the v and make the v flat then put it under th "pads"

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...
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sorry, bro... i am not sure if i am missing something.

if i have this type of jack under the pads, where then can i place the stand? hope i'm making any sense.
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Teeup, if your wanting to jack the car up with that type of jack and not the one in your trunk, that may be difficult. You would have to jack your car up a little (with the oem jack. then slide the shop jack under the car until you position it under the subframe of the car (furious pictured above), you may then use your floor jack to continue to lift the car...

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thanks...

are those subframes strong enough? can i position the jackstands there instead? and use the floor jack on the jack pads?
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