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Old 04-25-2007, 09:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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best locations for jack stands?

In the service manual it only shows 6 places to jack the car:

4 on the edge
2 centre front/back



But in pictures of people doing work on the cars I always see jack stands placed under the engine, somewhere around the axels etc

What are the good positions for placing jack stands at the front and back of SV21 wagon?

Or is the service manual correct - I should place them along the edge, at the same place I would use the scissor jack for a blown tyre.
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i usually put the jack in the middle in the rear where it shows and get it high enough to put jack stands on the side in the rear where it shows also.. and then release the jack
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I use the frame rails underneath the car. They run pretty much the entire length of the car and theres one on each side of the car.


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If you put jack stands at the points where you use the scissor jack, be careful when lowering it onto stands with narrow supports like 88 LE's picture. Chances are, you'll mangle and munch up the metal that the scissor jack slides into. I use stands there with a larger support area, ~3x3 inches and its held up ok. Don't squish the fuel/brake lines under the driver's door.

I would follow the service manual. I once watched a mechanic try to jack my old Camry up from the bottom of the ball joints/control arms. I wanted to throw something at him. :P
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If you put jack stands at the points where you use the scissor jack, be careful when lowering it onto stands with narrow supports like 88 LE's picture. Chances are, you'll mangle and munch up the metal that the scissor jack slides into.
Thats why I use the frame rails. I've seen to many Toyotas where the metal piece the scissor jack slides onto is smashed to shit, because some idiot used a floor jack on those spots.
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If you use a floor jack, go to a sports store and buy a hockey puck. It makes a great cusion for the jack.
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I haven't put the Camry on jackstands yet, maybe this weekend to inspect the passenger side suspension damage. But on my VW the frame rails are bent badly from mechanics, and the fuel lines run in them. The place where the jack goes is tough, but as mentioned above, be careful not to bend them. I cut out a few pieces of 2x4 a few inches long and cut a groove along the center to put the pinch weld into, so it bottoms on the bottom of the pinch weld and the top surface touches the floorpan and rocker support. Keeps the pinch weld from bending, and keeps the frame rail from denting any more than it is.
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I hate to bump this but on my 1990 camry wagon the rockers are about totally gone and are to week to hold the sizzor jack. Are the other 2 spots the same as the sedan?
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I would follow the service manual. I once watched a mechanic try to jack my old Camry up from the bottom of the ball joints/control arms. I wanted to throw something at him. :P
I thought I read some posts that it would be fine to support at the control arm?

Also, in 88 LE's pic, a hockey puck / jack pad is recommended between the frame shown and the stand, correcto?
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