Vehicle Lifting Points

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Vehicle Lifting Points

Postby Squishy - December 28th, 2008, 4:22 pm

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JACKING
WARNING:
^ DO NOT RUN THE ENGINE WHEN JACKING THE VEHICLE. THE WHEELS CONTACTING THE GROUND COULD CAUSE THE VEHICLE TO MOVE. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN PERSONAL INJURY.

^ MAKE SURE THE JACK AND JACK STANDS ARE CORRECTLY LOCATED TO PREVENT THE VEHICLE FROM FALLING. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN PERSONAL INJURY.

^ WHEEL CHOCKS SHOULD BE USED TO PREVENT THE VEHICLE FROM ROLLING AND FALLING OFF THE JACK. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY RESULT IN PERSONAL INJURY.

CAUTION:
The service jack provided with the vehicle is only intended to be used in an emergency for changing a deflated tire. Never use the service jack to hoist the vehicle for any other service. Refer to the Owner Guide when using the jack supplied with the vehicle.

Jacking Points - Front
1. The front jacking point is at the bolt head of the lower control arm.
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Jacking Points - Rear
1. The rear jacking points are located on the rear trailing arms.
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LIFTING

Lifting Points

1. The lifting points are part of the uni-body structure. (Ed. note: use this only if you have a "professional" floor jack with a large lifting head)
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CAUTION: Damage to the suspension, exhaust or steering linkage components may occur if care is not exercised when positioning the hoist adapters prior to lifting the vehicle.
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Re: Vehicle Lifting Points

Postby propellerhead - December 30th, 2008, 6:58 pm

How do you jack up the rear to put jackstands? When I lift up the rear by the rear jacking point (front end of the rear trailing arms) I have no place to put the jackstands.
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Re: Vehicle Lifting Points

Postby CrashNburn - December 31st, 2008, 12:12 am

put your jack stands under the lower control arms.
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Re: Vehicle Lifting Points

Postby Squishy - December 31st, 2008, 1:08 am

I have no differential so I lift by the big metal frame where the differential would go. Otherwise, I would put the floor jack under the unibody "lifting point" and jack stands under the "jacking point" on the control arm.
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Re: Vehicle Lifting Points

Postby jpark - December 31st, 2008, 10:28 am

That's one thing I always liked about the Escape. The jacking points are under the control arms, so you don't need to lift the side of the car 100' in the air so the suspension drops enough to raise the tire.

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Re: Vehicle Lifting Points

Postby propellerhead - December 31st, 2008, 11:23 am

Ok... pictures.

If I jack it up by the proper jacking point, that button thing on the trailing arm, there's no room to put the jackstands. The floor jack takes up all the space.
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I tried putting the jackstand at the bottom of the shock absorber but the tire is in the way.
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Squishy, do you mean the U-shaped piece in the middle? I tried that but my floor jack won't go high enough to lift the tires high enough for jackstands. Even if it did, wouldn't the tires would move outward as I lower the truck and become unstable?
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Re: Vehicle Lifting Points

Postby Squishy - December 31st, 2008, 3:09 pm

Yes, I mean the U-shaped piece in the middle. Do you have one of those little portable floor jacks? You can try using a block of 4 x 4 to give you a bit of extra clearance, but do not go under the car in that circumstance. The better alternative is to get at least a 3-ton jack. The larger lifting head makes it safer overall.

After looking at the pictures, I don't know if a floor jack would fit on the trailing arm nub with the tires on. I use the lower control arm which attaches to the "U-shaped piece in the middle", placing the jack stands as close to the tire as I can. What are your jack stands rated at? When trying to get the entire car up in the air, you want something with a very wide base like a 6-ton stand. I get away with a cheaper 3-ton set that has a one-piece base that is wider than usual.
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Re: Vehicle Lifting Points

Postby Mike50 - December 31st, 2008, 11:19 pm

I got a floor jack like this... is yours the same?

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and will it work on those points on the Escape?
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Re: Vehicle Lifting Points

Postby Squishy - January 1st, 2009, 12:19 am

That will work with the unibody lifting points. Mine has a hard insert that goes into the cup to make a flat lifting surface; you might want to use a piece of 2 x 4 to prevent damage to the subframe.
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Re: Vehicle Lifting Points

Postby propellerhead - January 2nd, 2009, 3:49 pm

Help me out with the nomenclature. Which ones are the control arms? Which ones are the trailing arms? Are they the same? What are the arms that go from the center out to the wheels? Which ones go from the frame to the wheels and run parallel to the vehicle?

I have a few short pieces of 4x4s I can use. I'll try lifting it from the center next time. I'm still worried that the wheels will not be in the same place vertically when I start lowering the jack.

My floor jack is a basic Craftsman one.

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