Jack stand goes where?

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Old 12 Apr 2004, 04:28 am   #1 (permalink)
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I have recently bought a 99 2.2 liter Camry, and time has come to change the
oil.

The safety instructions on my new hydraulic jack say I should not work under
the car unless I use a safety support (a jack stand). I have one of those
also, the question is where do I put it, since the designated place is
already in use by the jack.

Blackbird


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Old 12 Apr 2004, 08:00 am   #2 (permalink)
Daniel M. Dreifus
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"Blackbird" <no@mail.com> wrote in message news:<c5dng1$mj0$1@news5.tilbu1.nb.home.nl>...
> I have recently bought a 99 2.2 liter Camry, and time has come to change the
> oil.
>

With the prior "Generation" Camry, have found it is not necessary to
lift the frame to reach the oil drain plug.
If the car is level, (front end not raised) oil may drain more
completely also.
Don't know if you have access to a garage (smooth concrete floor may
help).
Find work clothes, and a shop light - the kind that uses a standard
bulb and includes a housing and electric cord. If I remember
correctly, one can get access to the drain plug from behind the front
wheel. Slide your head under the side just enough to see the drain
plug, then reach in with your arm. By using the shop light, (from the
front) you can see the drain bolt.
Probably sounds harder than it is. Once you've applied the initial
force, it comes out easily.
If you have time, let it drain over night, and your new oil will stay
cleaner even longer.
You ought to be able to reach the transmission drain plug also, by
reaching in from the front if needed. If you have the separate
differential housing, you need to raise the car to reach that drain
plug.

I never use the stamped steel side jacking points to lift the front of
the car. Save those for emergency road side tire changing only.
There is a substantial frame section going across the front of the
engine, that supports the front engine mount, and is welded at the
ends, to the side frame rails.
There is a spherical point in the center that is an approved lifting
area.
Then use jack stands on either side, on the round tubular sections of
this cross member.
There is a similar frame sub section in the rear, to which the rear
suspension arms attach, but you need to set the jack stands on the
relatively flimsy sheet metal "lip" at the jacking points. To protect
the spot welds, use a 12" section of 2 x 4 lumber on top of the jack
stands to spread the load there.
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Old 12 Apr 2004, 08:05 am   #3 (permalink)
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"Blackbird" <no@mail.com> wrote in message news:<c5dng1$mj0$1@news5.tilbu1.nb.home.nl>...
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> The safety instructions on my new hydraulic jack say I should not work under
> the car unless I use a safety support (a jack stand). I have one of those
> also,


In my experience (lifting the frame from the center), jack stands are
used in pairs, one on each side of the hydraulic jack, or on both
sides of the car, - to stablize and balance the load.
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Old 12 Apr 2004, 03:49 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"Daniel M. Dreifus" <nospampls2002@yahoo.com> schreef in bericht
news:c5ef7dc0.0404120500.710d77f8@posting.google.c om...

> There is a substantial frame section going across the front of the
> engine, that supports the front engine mount, and is welded at the
> ends, to the side frame rails.
> There is a spherical point in the center that is an approved lifting
> area.


Thanks Daniel, just the info I needed!

Blackbird



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Old 12 Apr 2004, 03:51 pm   #5 (permalink)
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"Daniel M. Dreifus" <nospampls2002@yahoo.com> schreef in bericht
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> In my experience (lifting the frame from the center), jack stands are
> used in pairs, one on each side of the hydraulic jack, or on both
> sides of the car, - to stablize and balance the load.


After reading your instructions I can see why. I'll get me a second one
(even though I may not need it for chainging the oil).

Blackbird


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Old 13 Apr 2004, 07:40 am   #6 (permalink)
ZZonka Tonka
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I use ramps. I drive the car up on the ramps to change the oil. Lots easier
then messing with a jack.

Blackbird wrote:

> I have recently bought a 99 2.2 liter Camry, and time has come to change the
> oil.
>
> The safety instructions on my new hydraulic jack say I should not work under
> the car unless I use a safety support (a jack stand). I have one of those
> also, the question is where do I put it, since the designated place is
> already in use by the jack.
>
> Blackbird


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