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PostSubject: How to Jack up an AE101 and place Axle Stands   Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:54 am

Can someone with more experience add to this thread.

I am wondering if it is safe to jack up my car with a piece of wood under a floor jack which is on wheels? The floor jack will not lift high enough to get the tires off the ground. I have a solid 2x9x25" piece of lumber to use, but im afraid the jack will somehow roll out.

I am also wondering if it is safe to place jack stands under the frame rails? Or what I think are the frame rails? (Where the red circle is?)


I used my oem jack to lift from the jack point and the seam/sill folded on me after the tire lifted off the ground. So depressing.

So I have no choice now other than to lift it from the front and rear center jack points. Especially since the rear side jack points are rusted ever worse.


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PostSubject: Re: How to Jack up an AE101 and place Axle Stands   Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:40 am

I have found that it is OK to use a piece of wood under the jack. I just tried it and had the tires almost off the ground but backed off after hearing more cracking sounds?



I lifted the car from that jack point (with out the rag). Is this strong enough to take the entire front weight of the car? I dont like how it makes cracking noises as I lift it, but it didn't appear to be damaged after lowering the jack

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PostSubject: Re: How to Jack up an AE101 and place Axle Stands   Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:21 pm

I think I have the same jack as you haha, I got mine at Canadian Tire, and I only really ever used the front and rear jack points as I was scared of my side jack points being too weak from rust. It worked for me so you should have no problem haha.

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PostSubject: Re: How to Jack up an AE101 and place Axle Stands   Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:56 pm

Personally I never trust any Jack if I need to work with one safety always first ...jack first then I use building blocks or even better ramps or jack stands. If it drops and races away ...
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PostSubject: Re: How to Jack up an AE101 and place Axle Stands   Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:02 pm

That looks like a good point to jack it up, the creaking sounds should be normal. Where do they sound like there coming from?
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PostSubject: Re: How to Jack up an AE101 and place Axle Stands   Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:10 pm

my cars to stiff to make a noise when jacking you the car Razz
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PostSubject: Re: How to Jack up an AE101 and place Axle Stands   Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:16 pm

I'm working on that to lol
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PostSubject: Re: How to Jack up an AE101 and place Axle Stands   Tue Apr 09, 2013 1:07 am

Hey, I got mine at Canatian Tire as well lol, must be same jack lol.

I think the cracking sounds are just the suspension lifting but I cant tell if the front jack support is bending. Im just worried that it will just fold and bust right through into my engine bay, but I think I am being a bit paranoid.


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PostSubject: Re: How to Jack up an AE101 and place Axle Stands   Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:54 am

Well your jack rail things look much better than mine! But it's using those types of jacks that ruin them. Mine were both completely destroyed on both cars, but I still jack it up there anyway lol.

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PostSubject: Re: How to Jack up an AE101 and place Axle Stands   Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:37 am

i use the stock scissor jack to lift the car up, then put a block / brick under it, then rejack to get it high enough, then leave it big blocks lol

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PostSubject: Re: How to Jack up an AE101 and place Axle Stands   Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:53 am

LOL me too I can't jack like in the first pictures. It's soo rusted that when you jack the metal crisp and disaggregated literaly. Soo i jack in another spot.
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PostSubject: Re: How to Jack up an AE101 and place Axle Stands   Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:19 am

I found that using the front and rear center jack points worked the best for me. The front one is shown in the picture above and this is the rear one I used.


I actually ended up using 2 blocks of wood UNDER the jack to lift the front to get it high enough without raising the floor jack to its max lift range.

Another key feature I found was to make sure you lift on level ground. I spent a lot of time positioning the jack on top of the wood and making sure the wood was level. I finally got the block of wood level and raised the car with the jack but when the tires were almost off the ground, I could clearly see that the jack was on 3 wheels because the car was not level (I think). I ended up moving the car over a bit and it was sitting more level. Heres what I mean:



I had the board level and the wheel would spin like that and was not firmly on the ground/board because the car was leaning to one side. The concrete is all chewed up and not perfectly flat and one of my tires was sitting lower.

And I never even really used my axle stands, just slid them under the sills just incase:


Im starting to feel more comfortable with lifting a vehicle.

I also found some vandalism on my car, looks like a bunch of kids spray painted under neath my car with some kind of rust coloured paint.... Rolling Eyes lol!

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