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#634833 - 01/30/05 01:44 PM Re: Differential Jacking
Dazednconfuzedv8 Offline

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Registered: 01/01/05
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Whatever you do, don't jack your car up from the center differential on a slope... Lets just say my neighbor's surburban wound up in my front yard.
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#634834 - 01/30/05 02:08 PM Re: Differential Jacking
Steve83 Offline
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Registered: 10/03/04
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Always chock the tires that are staying on the ground. Don't work under a vehicle ONLY supported by a jack.
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#634835 - 01/30/05 04:43 PM Re: Differential Jacking
Taxman100 Offline

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Registered: 04/17/04
Posts: 3574
Loc: Ohio
I carefully jack under the rear differential, avoiding any contact with the differential cover. Then I place jackstands on the frame rails in front of the rear wheels. Then I lower the car onto the stands, and use the floor jack to adjust the height of the rear axle, depending on what I can working on.
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#634836 - 01/30/05 06:44 PM Re: Differential Jacking
black98_p71 Offline
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Registered: 12/13/04
Posts: 208
the chiltons manual recomneds using the center of the differential for jacking
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#634837 - 01/30/05 08:39 PM Re: Differential Jacking
zephyr Offline
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Registered: 12/09/04
Posts: 26
Thanks for all of your replies!
I'm much more cautious working on cars now then when I was a younger man, and make far fewer mistakes because of it. That's why I posted this question, because even after 30+ years of repairing my own cars I still don't know everything. My concern was the possibility of damaging the rear axle casting or tubes. In years past, I've never had a problem with this method on older cars and trucks. I like to slowly lower the cars weight on twin jack stands at the same time. I was never a big fan of one jack stand supporting the cars weight even if it's only long enough to move the floor jack to the other side. I have seen a single stand twist and crumple when it was used alone. Since there could be the possibility of damage, I'll just buy another floor jack and use them together. And to the person that posted:
"WTF are you trying to do?" and "Why not just jack up the frame like a normal person?" Do you really think those comments were necessary? They only diminish your credibility.

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