Camry: best spots for lifting?

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Old 31 Oct 2004, 11:56 am   #1 (permalink)
Jack
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Default Camry: best spots for lifting?

Now that our '95 Camry is starting to need repairs and shop rates are
getting rather exorbitant, I am thinking of doing my own work.
Done lots of suspension/mechanical stuff on other vehicles in the past so
this should be no different ..except for the electronics.

Anyway, I need to know where in heck to place my bottle jacks, and then the
supporting jackstands. The manual makes mention of using along the
underbody seam (at special locations) at the rocker panels, which makes
sense if just using the car's special scissor jack and one wheel up at a
time. But given the unibody type construction, I guess I've got to be
careful here on any other locations.

Where does the average backyarder support the whole front or rear of this
car ..safely?

Thanks, Jack.


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Old 01 Nov 2004, 07:39 am   #2 (permalink)
Daniel M. Dreifus
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"Jack" <jacksimpson@telus.net> wrote in message news:<LH9hd.38082$E93.30256@clgrps12>...
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use
the "sub-frame(s)" to lift the car and place the jack stands.
In front, there is a sub frame member that is really solid going
across in front of the oil and transmision pans.
There is a small round protrusion in the center, and I lift with the
hydraulic jack there, then place jack stands on either side. There is
a tubular section that the jack stands can cradle securely.
Next move the hydraulic jack to the rear. There is a similar sub frame
member there with a round protrusion in the center.
Place the hydraulic jack there.
12" length of 2x4 on each jack stand in back is helpful to spread the
load
at the jacking points on the side - otherwise you'll bend the sheet
metal flange and break the spot welds.

CAUTION: Not sure I'd want to be using a bottle jack at all on this
car. That little stubby lift point is an invitation for slippage and
having the whole thing come crashing down. 2 ton (minimum) hydraulic
floor jacks can be obtained quite reasonably today. (<$20?) Get some
of those. (or if you have more money get better quality or rating - I
bought two - years ago, and only one works now, but it works fine.
The other long since discarded). They lift with a plate at the end,
instead of a very small surface area like a bottle jack.

(btw: copied the first paragraph from an earlier answer by searching
this group for the words "frame" and "lift" - you can find a lot of
information by searching the group for keywords when you have
questions - for a '95, most everything's been covered before)
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Old 04 Nov 2004, 06:38 pm   #3 (permalink)
Jack
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Lotsa thanks, Daniel. I've found this site to be a good no-BS group. Jack.



"Daniel M. Dreifus" <nospampls2002@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> "Jack" <jacksimpson@telus.net> wrote in message
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> use
> the "sub-frame(s)" to lift the car and place the jack stands.
> In front, there is a sub frame member that is really solid going
> across in front of the oil and transmision pans.
> There is a small round protrusion in the center, and I lift with the
> hydraulic jack there, then place jack stands on either side. There is
> a tubular section that the jack stands can cradle securely.
> Next move the hydraulic jack to the rear. There is a similar sub frame
> member there with a round protrusion in the center.
> Place the hydraulic jack there.
> 12" length of 2x4 on each jack stand in back is helpful to spread the
> load
> at the jacking points on the side - otherwise you'll bend the sheet
> metal flange and break the spot welds.
>
> CAUTION: Not sure I'd want to be using a bottle jack at all on this
> car. That little stubby lift point is an invitation for slippage and
> having the whole thing come crashing down. 2 ton (minimum) hydraulic
> floor jacks can be obtained quite reasonably today. (<$20?) Get some
> of those. (or if you have more money get better quality or rating - I
> bought two - years ago, and only one works now, but it works fine.
> The other long since discarded). They lift with a plate at the end,
> instead of a very small surface area like a bottle jack.
>
> (btw: copied the first paragraph from an earlier answer by searching
> this group for the words "frame" and "lift" - you can find a lot of
> information by searching the group for keywords when you have
> questions - for a '95, most everything's been covered before)



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