I normally use a large roll around jack under the diff housing. You must
take care to cup the housing and not damage the rear steel cover on the
The housing will hold the weight of the car without deformation and is the
safest most slip free lift point. Jack stands can then be installed under
the axle housings. This allows access to the spring shackle bolts if
When lowering the car, take care that the jack handle is kept low so that it
does not hit and damage the fuel tank and rear valence.
Good suggestion on locating the jack pad tongue on the front cross member,
I've never actually lost one, but have sold lots of late model radiators to
mechanics who have.
I've not run into any deformation of lower spring pans from jacking, so on a
stock ride height car I believe that is a safe place. I am in the same boat
tho' with 185/60 tires there is no way to get the jack in.
> Any reason not to jack under the rear differential housing
> and then use
> the jack stands under the rear wheel spring/axle?
> Just thought I'd check.
> Tim Baxter wrote:
> > I would not personally jack under a spring pan, as I dont' think
> > they're strong enough, and two out of my three Bs sat too low to get
> > my jack under the crossmember. I'm partial to the chassis
> rails coming
> > back from the engine bay, myself.
> > >
> > > I jack under the centre of the front cross-member if I
> want to lift
> > the
> > > whole front or the spring pans if I just want to raise one wheel.
> > When
> > > under the cross-member I make sure the rear tongue of the
> jack pad is
> > > located behind the rear edge of the cross-member to
> prevent slippage,
> > > because of the angle changes as the cross-member rises.
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