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Center jack point

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Center jack point

Do all sedan cars have a center point front and aft where I can put a 3ton jack in the center part to rise the entire front or back of the car?

Looking to buy the costco arcan 3 ton jack for 115$ after the discount, lift one side, put the 2 normal scissor jacks, then rise the other side for quick tire rotation. and stop paying 20$+tax at the mechanic to do that.

Also thinking of using this method to change my oil. Probably keeping the 3 ton, then use the 2 scissor jacks as a backup safety measure when I go underneath the car.
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You can use the front and rear crossmember.
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Yes, most cars have a front jacking point under the subframe and rear jacking point also under subframe, rear tow hook, or differential. Check owner's manual to be sure.

I hope you are confusing scissor jacks with jack stands. Do not go underneath your car with it supported by scissor jacks, they can fall and kill you. Scissor jacks are only for things like swapping tires, ie, jobs that don't require you to be unearth the car. And do not go underneath your car supported by the floor jack either, again use jack stands. If you want to be the most safe when changing oil, use ramps.
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Or on the front or rear diff aswell
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Messerschmitt wrote: Do all sedan cars have a center point front and aft where I can put a 3ton jack in the center part to rise the entire front or back of the car?

Looking to buy the costco arcan 3 ton jack for 115$ after the discount, lift one side, put the 2 normal scissor jacks, then rise the other side for quick tire rotation. and stop paying 20$+tax at the mechanic to do that.

Also thinking of using this method to change my oil. Probably keeping the 3 ton, then use the 2 scissor jacks as a backup safety measure when I go underneath the car.
Usually the manual will list the lift points even for the center or sometimes there are markings on the spots.
Some cars, the little tow hook in the back is the lift point for the rear.
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Jack stands are for safety, not more jacks.
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OP, better read this first: https://www.floorjackshop.com/how-to-ja ... n-8-steps/

Lots of things to consider and/or extra things to have on hand before placing that new Costco jack cup on your pinch weld jacking points or anywhere else.

Not all vehicles have a designated centre jack point at the front, and even fewer have one at the rear. Have to know what you are doing.
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macnut wrote: OP, better read this first: https://www.floorjackshop.com/how-to-ja ... n-8-steps/

Lots of things to consider and/or extra things to have on hand before placing that new Costco jack cup on your pinch weld jacking points or anywhere else.

Not all vehicles have a designated centre jack point at the front, and even fewer have one at the rear. Have to know what you are doing.
This exactly, and read the manual
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Messerschmitt wrote: Do all sedan cars have a center point front and aft where I can put a 3ton jack in the center part to rise the entire front or back of the car?

Looking to buy the costco arcan 3 ton jack for 115$ after the discount, lift one side, put the 2 normal scissor jacks, then rise the other side for quick tire rotation. and stop paying 20$+tax at the mechanic to do that.

Also thinking of using this method to change my oil. Probably keeping the 3 ton, then use the 2 scissor jacks as a backup safety measure when I go underneath the car.
If you substitute “jack stands” where you’ve said “scissor jacks” then you’d be ahead safety-wise. Scissor Jacks are known as “Widow Makers” and shouldn’t be used to do any kind of work underneath the car other than to change one tire at a time. And please don’t use 2 in one side while you jack up the other side - that’s a recipe for disaster!
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for $20, i dunno if it's worth the effort.
but if you're doing a winter/summer wheel switch, that would be the best time to rotate them.
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Using scissor jacks as "regular" jacks? How much is your life worth?
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not all cars have a central jack point and anyone who tells you that all cars do is incorrect.

you can try to use the diff as someone mentioned but some diffs are not strong enough to support weight of car and do you want to take that chance?

subframe mounts are generally on either side of the car and will not get the whole front/ rear up.

best bet is use the sub frame, lift one side, put floor jack on the factory lift point and then do other side.

if you don't use a strong enough point, you can cause some serious issues with your car or worse, get yourself killed.
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Viperoni wrote: This exactly, and read the manual
Some manufacturers are quite stingy with information in their manuals. They will have 10 pages of warnings explaining that auto parking still requires driver participation, but won't supply jack points or wheel torque specs.
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be aware many manuals will give you jack points for the spare tire jack which is usually shaped to fit pinch welds. aftermarket jacks rarely (I've never seen one) accommodate pinch welds and you can damage the metal by putting blunt force on the bottom of the weld.
My AWD cars have easy to find spots for front/rear lifting. my FWD cars do not have anything at all, only pinch welds.
I bought an adaptor that fits into my 3 ton jack for the pinch welds.
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rilles wrote: be aware many manuals will give you jack points for the spare tire jack which is usually shaped to fit pinch welds. aftermarket jacks rarely (I've never seen one) accommodate pinch welds and you can damage the metal by putting blunt force on the bottom of the weld.
My AWD cars have easy to find spots for front/rear lifting. my FWD cars do not have anything at all, only pinch welds.
I bought an adaptor that fits into my 3 ton jack for the pinch welds.
I use a puck.
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Always use jack stands along with or without pump/scissor Jacks for safety. If you want to save time when doing oil changes, get those ramps.
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this youtube video shows the danger of rubber adapters and probably explains why my hockey puck ones self destructed.

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BDSL wrote: Using scissor jacks as "regular" jacks? How much is your life worth?
Scissor jacks have their uses.

I use them to get my car up a bit so the regular jack can slide under to get to the cross bar.

Also of use for lowered cars where a regular trolley jack can't slide under and lift right away.

Obviously don't crawl under a jack mounted just on a scissor jack.

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