Camry Floor Jack Best Way?

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Old 02 Oct 2003, 07:17 am   #1 (permalink)
Rob Dean
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What is the best way to jack up a V6 Camry with a floor jack. I found that
when you put it under the pinch welds at the designated locations, the metal
bends. The manual states to only use those locations. I am changing my
timing belt and want to find an alternate location to raise the vehicle.
has anyone tried lifting it from the engine subframe? Any help is greatly
appreciated.


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Old 02 Oct 2003, 04:40 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"Rob Dean" <robdean@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
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> What is the best way to jack up a V6 Camry with a floor jack. I found that
> when you put it under the pinch welds at the designated locations, the

metal
> bends. The manual states to only use those locations. I am changing my
> timing belt and want to find an alternate location to raise the vehicle.
> has anyone tried lifting it from the engine subframe? Any help is greatly
> appreciated.


I'd try using a thick piece of rubber as a cushion, or barring that, a piece
of 4"/2" cut-off. The idea is to distribute the weight more evenly.

Jaon


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Old 02 Oct 2003, 08:17 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Rob Dean wrote:

> What is the best way to jack up a V6 Camry with a floor jack. I found that
> when you put it under the pinch welds at the designated locations, the metal
> bends. The manual states to only use those locations. I am changing my
> timing belt and want to find an alternate location to raise the vehicle.
> has anyone tried lifting it from the engine subframe? Any help is greatly
> appreciated.
>
>

Use the pinch weld, just lat a 2X4 about 12" long across the pinch weld
and then jack up the 2X4.

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Old 04 Oct 2003, 08:25 am   #4 (permalink)
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"Rob Dean" <robdean@sympatico.ca> wrote in message news:<hHUeb.5226$op2.646284@news20.bellglobal.com> ...
> What is the best way to jack up a V6 Camry with a floor jack. I found that
> when you put it under the pinch welds at the designated locations, the metal
> bends. The manual states to only use those locations. I am changing my
> timing belt and want to find an alternate location to raise the vehicle.
> has anyone tried lifting it from the engine subframe? Any help is greatly
> appreciated.


The factory manual also recommends using the subframes as approved
lifting points.
See similar answer here:

http://groups.google.com/groups?q=dr...gle.com&rnum=2
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Old 04 Oct 2003, 07:08 pm   #5 (permalink)
Rob Dean
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Thanks,

I was paranoid about using the subframes. I noticed the car in the article
was an '87.

Rob



"Daniel M. Dreifus" <nospampls2002@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> "Rob Dean" <robdean@sympatico.ca> wrote in message

news:<hHUeb.5226$op2.646284@news20.bellglobal.com> ...
> > What is the best way to jack up a V6 Camry with a floor jack. I found

that
> > when you put it under the pinch welds at the designated locations, the

metal
> > bends. The manual states to only use those locations. I am changing my
> > timing belt and want to find an alternate location to raise the

vehicle.
> > has anyone tried lifting it from the engine subframe? Any help is

greatly
> > appreciated.

>
> The factory manual also recommends using the subframes as approved
> lifting points.
> See similar answer here:
>
>

http://groups.google.com/groups?q=dr...t.autos.toyota.
camry&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&group=alt.autos.toyota.camry&selm=c5ef7dc0.03072 006
34.5aad2121%40posting.google.com&rnum=2


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Old 05 Oct 2003, 08:49 am   #6 (permalink)
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"Rob Dean" <robdean@sympatico.ca> wrote in message news:<ihJfb.9270$r.1433658@news20.bellglobal.com>. ..
> Thanks,
>
> I was paranoid about using the subframes. I noticed the car in the article
> was an '87.
>

Mine is a "Generation 3" (1992-1996).
According to the two volume factory repair manual, the sub frames are
an acceptable lifting point. In the first part of volume 1 under
Maintenance they show black colored squares on a diagram indicating
lifting points.
I always use the subframes and they are plenty strong.
I used to use the pinch welds but one day heard a popping sound as
they broke.
The idea of a 12" - 2 x 4 would probably have prevented this, but in
my opinion, the pinch welds are for the scissors jack road side tire
changes.
For mechanical work, I feel much safer with the sub frames. Just have
a look at the way those large diameter steel tubes are welded to the
frame in front - solid, vs. the pinch weld stampings that you could
probably bend with a pair of channel lock pliers.
Just be sure you're looking at the sub frame not some other piece of
weaker sheet metal under there.
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Old 07 Oct 2003, 02:28 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Just a little adder, If you look at the trunk jack, it is designed to
grab around the seam at the jack point. So if you were to use that
point with a regular jack, maybe you could use a 2X4 block of wood
with a channed carved in it so that it does not put pressure on the
seam as you lift the car. I can believe the seam will bend. It is
not very strong.



Scot
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Old 08 Oct 2003, 10:15 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks,

I cut a slot in the block of wood similar to the factory jack but I also
found it lifted safely from the subframe using a floor jack.

Rob


"Scot" <rscarawa@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Just a little adder, If you look at the trunk jack, it is designed to
> grab around the seam at the jack point. So if you were to use that
> point with a regular jack, maybe you could use a 2X4 block of wood
> with a channed carved in it so that it does not put pressure on the
> seam as you lift the car. I can believe the seam will bend. It is
> not very strong.
>
>
>
> Scot



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