Vehicle Lifting Points

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Re: Vehicle Lifting Points

Postby pjrocco - September 12th, 2016, 1:58 pm

Hoping for a little help. 2011 Escape XLT 3.0 2wd

Front brakes are shot. Dealer wants $375, but I got parts for $150. I’ve done brakes on my older vehicles, so I figured this one can’t be much different.

I went to jack up the Ford this weekend and followed the owner’s manual. Once I started putting pressure at the recommended location, the bracket started to bend. This is the bracket the lower control arm is mounted to. Luckily the bent bracket didn’t affect the drivability.

I then moved to the frame after watching a video on where to jack. Odd thing, as soon as I started putting pressure on the frame it bent the frame! I couldn’t believe it. I’ve jacked up tons of cars with my jack on the frame and it never bent/caved in. I immediately let the Ford down, but now I’m not sure what to do. Did Ford really make the frame of this vehicle this soft? I'm using a Craftsman ½ ton jack with matching stands. No issues like this on my 2008 Lincoln Town car and my son’s 2005 Chevy Trailblazer.

Any suggestions?
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Re: Vehicle Lifting Points

Postby Squirrel - October 11th, 2016, 9:55 am

pjrocco wrote:Hoping for a little help. 2011 Escape XLT 3.0 2wd

Front brakes are shot. Dealer wants $375, but I got parts for $150. I’ve done brakes on my older vehicles, so I figured this one can’t be much different.

I went to jack up the Ford this weekend and followed the owner’s manual. Once I started putting pressure at the recommended location, the bracket started to bend. This is the bracket the lower control arm is mounted to. Luckily the bent bracket didn’t affect the drivability.

I then moved to the frame after watching a video on where to jack. Odd thing, as soon as I started putting pressure on the frame it bent the frame! I couldn’t believe it. I’ve jacked up tons of cars with my jack on the frame and it never bent/caved in. I immediately let the Ford down, but now I’m not sure what to do. Did Ford really make the frame of this vehicle this soft? I'm using a Craftsman ½ ton jack with matching stands. No issues like this on my 2008 Lincoln Town car and my son’s 2005 Chevy Trailblazer.

Any suggestions?

Best thing to do is to equal out the force of the lift and that is done by placing a 12"x12"x3/4 piece of plywood on top of the jack head and then place under where the lower control arm attaches to the frame. This is what I have done for 35+ years and never an issue. Hope this helps. :thumb:
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Re: Vehicle Lifting Points

Postby Drjames - November 20th, 2016, 1:03 pm

What about lifting points with a Hi-lift or trail jack? Pretty much nothing eh?
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