Find the Jack Points on Your Car to Perform Vehicle Maintenance
Using the Proper Jack Points When Working on Your Vehicle Ensures Your Safety
At some point in time, you’re going to have to change your vehicle’s tires, change the oil, or fix the brakes. In order to do any work on the undercarriage of your vehicle, you’re going to have to raise the vehicle up. No matter what kind of jack you’re using, it’s important to know where your specific vehicle’s jack points are located for your safety. If your vehicle is poorly or improperly supported by a jack, you risk having the vehicle fall while you’re working underneath it. Different vehicles have different jack points, but your owner’s manual will tell you the specific locations of your checkpoints in the “Emergency” section. However, most vehicle checkpoints will be in the same general location. Most vehicles have jack points on the metal edge of the vehicle frame near the front and back wheels. Look under the rocker panels for the double-seam-welded sections. These areas of the vehicle are reinforced and will ensure the proper support of the vehicle on your jack.
How to Safely Jack Your Car
Once you have found the proper jack points on your car, you want to make sure you’re properly jacking the vehicle to ensure you can safely work underneath it. Following these steps will help ensure the safe, fast, and easy maintenance of your vehicle:
- Make sure the vehicle is on a flat surface.
- Turn the engine off.
- Put automatic vehicles in park and manual vehicles in reverse.
- Chock the wheels that will not be lifted by wedging some kind of blocks in front of and behind the wheels which.
- Slowly raise and lower the vehicle with the jack in case you need to readjust the support.
- Use jack stands to reinforce the auto jack itself and more evenly distribute the weight of the vehicle.
- Lightly knock the vehicle to ensure it is properly supported and won’t fall once you start working underneath it.
- Remove the jack stand before you lower the vehicle back to the ground.
Following these steps will ensure the safe, fast, and easy maintenance of your vehicle.
July 19, 2012 by Jamie Rettig