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Old 10-31-2006, 06:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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NOOB - Jack and Stand points

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I know this is really basic but I dont have a repair manual or even an owners manual, so I have no idea where to position the jack and stands (And I dont wanna take any risks... thing in the jack box says 20 ppl in the last 4 years have died from incorrect position etc when lifting a car)! Where abouts is the spot (Car is a 1993 Camry Vienta - think its LE in U.S... V6 3VZ-FE)? Im changing my oil for the first time, doing it on the cheap, but from what I can see under my car (hard to see anything its very low to the ground) the only point for the jack is just passed the plastic cover under the radiator at the very front, there is a bar running from left to right... is this the spot? Have no idea where to put the stands.

Any help appreciated... pics would be great but not essential

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Old 10-31-2006, 07:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Look for the scissor jack point and then look beyond that metal lip something that looks like a frame rail. Put the jack stands under that. Use thise for the front only.
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well if that center cross bar has about a index fenger size hole in it, i know which 1 you are talking about, you can use it, but take it slow, and if you see it start to flex up, stop.

then option B (the more common prob. safer) on either side of the car, about where the door jamb is, look on the bottom. you'l see where the floor, and side of the car metal meet (looks like its been pinched out toward ground) thats a good spot to jack it up.
also while in that same area, look more towards the center of the car, you'll see a frame looking bar (one about under where the front seats are), they are about 2 inches wide, great for jacking / putting jackstands at.

good luck, and its easier to get the oil filter from the top (make sure engine is COOL!!!!).
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If you're just jacking it up to get the the drain plug or filter, get those ramps that you can drive your front wheels up.
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Ive already got the stands and the jack though, and I will more than likely start buying more stuff for my car and do things like rotate tyres, change pads etc. Its also to expensive to get the ramps

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well if that center cross bar has about a index fenger size hole in it, i know which 1 you are talking about, you can use it, but take it slow, and if you see it start to flex up, stop.
LOL that doesnt instill me with much confidence... from what Ive been reading on the internet though I think the crossmember (thats its name I think of it) is the way to go.. it holds the engine up so surely it can take the weight! Still cant find any good places for the stands, the descriptions are alittle iffy, cant really see any spots where to put them.

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Look for the scissor jack point and then look beyond that metal lip something that looks like a frame rail. Put the jack stands under that. Use thise for the front only.
Yeah I cant even find the scissor jack point, I look just passed the wheel and theirs nothing. On my mums car, its obvious where it is, not on my camry though!

Thanks for the replies so far though
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Ive already got the stands and the jack though, and I will more than likely start buying more stuff for my car and do things like rotate tyres, change pads etc. Its also to expensive to get the ramps



LOL that doesnt instill me with much confidence... from what Ive been reading on the internet though I think the crossmember (thats its name I think of it) is the way to go.. it holds the engine up so surely it can take the weight! Still cant find any good places for the stands, the descriptions are alittle iffy, cant really see any spots where to put them.



Yeah I cant even find the scissor jack point, I look just passed the wheel and theirs nothing. On my mums car, its obvious where it is, not on my camry though!

Thanks for the replies so far though
The scissor jack point is to the rear of the front wheels. It is indicated by two notches. The lip between those two notches is the scissor jack point.

On the rear to the front of the rear wheels is something similar.

On the rear, I prefer to put the stands on that bar with the rear jack point. But if your stands don't reach that, I think that the same "rail" on the rear should be ok. I've done it before and nothing bad happened. It's just not where I like to put it.
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Old 11-01-2006, 04:57 AM   #7 (permalink)
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look up car manual, they have the precise location mentioned in print
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Old 11-02-2006, 02:09 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I dont have the cars manual though, previous owner 'lost it'. I might just go to a shop and check our a repair manual or something, without buying it
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go in the general discussion for the camry's there a link there to download the manual
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just pass the front wheel fender underneathe the door on either side of the car, a small 4 inch long black metal lip pertrudes from the car about 3-4 inches, its pretty recognizable.
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Old 11-02-2006, 04:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Ah ok I think I found it, its the first couple of inches that can be used correct... cos the lip does continue but isnt reinforced or something? Now I just need a spot for the jack!

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just slide the jack that comes with the car under that spot ---_____----- it looks kind of like that how it drops down and is reinforced in the front.... the ^ jack goes there.
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Old 11-02-2006, 09:49 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Ok sorry for sounding retarded but...

That spot is for putting the cars jack their for changing a tyre. Im doing an oil change.... cant use the cars jack at all for that AND I need a spot at the front in a central location to lift the front end of the car up from. The jack point you are referring to Im still not 100% sure with as well, I will post pics of under my car soon... on my mums car it is OBVIOUS where the jack point is, I cant find it at all on mine, maybe something is sus (I havent had this car for all its life)
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Ah ok I think I found it, its the first couple of inches that can be used correct... cos the lip does continue but isnt reinforced or something?
Do not use the factory jack points to place your jack stands or as a jacking point for anything other then the factory jack (the one included with the car). Doing so will bend the shit out of that lip and that lip is to small for jack stands.

Place the jack stands under the frame rails.


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Front: I slide the jack underneath the front of the car (in the middle) and jack it up by the subframe. The subframe is a thick piece of metal, so no worries bending it or anything.

Rear: Theres a hump that comes down from the rear suspension arms. I place the jack underneath that hump.









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