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Old 04 Nov 2003, 12:20 am
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There seems to be a lot of confusion and concern about the proper and safe way to jack up a PT. Many people have been jacking up the entire car and placing it on 4 jack stands. I BELIEVE THIS IS UNSAFE. I wanted to start a thread on this subject so that we could share advice on safe jacking methods.

Please post your ideas on this very important safety issue.
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Old 04 Nov 2003, 12:33 am
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Just paint or jack up one wheel at a time...
Or use ramps
Or jack up and put on stands only 1 axle at a time...
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Old 04 Nov 2003, 12:49 am
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Agree with GTSteve and PTGT Redman, even then I'd be carefull with the rear. Before lowering, the points where I placed my jackstands on the rear (where the tie down tabs where located) required the jackstands to be set at their maximum height. Maybe there is a better location on the rear but I didn't see one.

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Old 04 Nov 2003, 03:59 am
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I agree. I just painted my calipers this evening and took GTSteve's suggestion to heart. I only used 2 jackstands, did the front first and completed the process on the rear. This is by far the safest way to go. Thanks again for your suggestions it really helped.
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Old 04 Nov 2003, 08:58 am
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LT Almond, where did you place your jackstands in the rear?
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Use a lift or just use 2.
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Old 04 Nov 2003, 11:48 am
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In the rear I placed the jacks on the trailing arms. It worked great and is wide enough to support the caron the jacks.
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Old 04 Nov 2003, 11:52 am
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one side at a time, never the whole car up in the air!!
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Old 04 Nov 2003, 01:26 pm
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Quote:
quote:Originally posted by bobs turbo pt

one side at a time, never the whole car up in the air!!
I use professional jacks and still back them up with heavy duty stands.

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Old 05 Nov 2003, 04:31 am
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Up on 4 jack stands is safe if it's done in a safe manner.

Having only one wheel off the ground is unsafe if it's done wrong.

I wrote the whole process on my preferred way for raising a PT a while back but I don't know where that thread is.
Mainly I prefer 6ton stands for the width of the base. And after setting the vehicle on them, I try to rock it some to make sure it's stable.

When working with RWDs, you need 20-24" for trans removal and stuff.


I'm 57 yrs old and basically paranoid. I'm also fond of my body and prefer to avoid damage to it and/or pain. If I didn't feel the odds were well in my favor, I'd never slide under a vehicle.(I worry more about some of the entrance ramps around town.)

If you're not familiar with working with stands, have the help of someone who is...
and is not an idiot.
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