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Old 07-23-2009, 09:35 PM   #1
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Jack lift points

Where are GM's recommended jack lift points along the frame rails?
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:39 PM   #2
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If I'm usng a floor jack, I try to lift at the suspension connection joints. I assume these areas are used to a lot of stress...
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:42 PM   #3
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there are two points on either side of the car, one for each wheel. check page 9-79 of your owners manual.
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Old 08-08-2009, 06:59 PM   #4
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Anyone have an actual picture, not drawing of what the "indicated mark" looks like? I couldn't see it the other day when I had mine on the ramp changing my oil.

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there should be a notch in the frame rail where the jack will "lock in"
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:31 PM   #6
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Yea, these points will work with a scissor Jack, but NOT with a floor jack, my rail started to kink, so I backed down quickly.

Does anyone know where to put the floor jack pad???
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Old 08-10-2009, 12:19 PM   #7
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what about the jack stands

Lets say you get it jacked up, now where do you place the jack stands? The manual says to use them just not where to put them. I just got the car and haven't gotten under it yet.
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Lets say you get it jacked up, now where do you place the jack stands? The manual says to use them just not where to put them. I just got the car and haven't gotten under it yet.
crossmember or under the ball-joints or the pinch welds where they say you can lift from(you just have to lift from somewhere else then )
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Yea! This is a major problem of mine also when I get under mu SS a floor jack point doesn't jump out nothing looks strong enough to support the weight. I know there is a member a hell of a lot smarter than me that knows the answer!
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Yea! This is a major problem of mine also when I get under mu SS a floor jack point doesn't jump out nothing looks strong enough to support the weight. I know there is a member a hell of a lot smarter than me that knows the answer!
I am still waiting for someone to chime in with some wisdom and maybe a picture. I hate lifting from the diff.
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I am still waiting for someone to chime in with some wisdom and maybe a picture. I hate lifting from the diff.
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Old 08-11-2009, 11:15 PM   #12
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Doing my oil change tomorrow. I'll be using a floor jack and jack stands. If no one chimes in by then, I'll be sure to post up pics of whatever I find.

Any other Camaro specific oil change tips?
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Doing my oil change tomorrow. I'll be using a floor jack and jack stands. If no one chimes in by then, I'll be sure to post up pics of whatever I find.

Any other Camaro specific oil change tips?
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:18 AM   #14
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Doing my oil change tomorrow. I'll be using a floor jack and jack stands. If no one chimes in by then, I'll be sure to post up pics of whatever I find.

Any other Camaro specific oil change tips?
Jack up the passenger side of the car. The oil will come out much easier (at least on the SS).
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OK, putting you guys off another day, had a big honey-do list tonight
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Ok guys:

Here's my report:
My floor jack was lo profile enough to slide under the car from the passenger front corner. From there I found a strong looking tie-together point on the front subframe.




After getting in the car elevated enough for jack stands, I placed the stands at corresponding points on either side of the car at frame tie-together points ahead of the oil pan.





And we're up!


Bonus nekkid LS3 pic!


So there you have it, everything went smoothly...no creasing or bending at the jack points.
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Thanks for the info and pics. I will store it for future reference!
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For complete oil drainage should i jack the rear of the car as well?
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Old 08-21-2009, 04:34 PM   #21
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For complete oil drainage should i jack the rear of the car as well?
not necessarily. as long as the drain port on the oil pan is at the lowest point you will be ok.
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not necessarily. as long as the drain port on the oil pan is at the lowest point you will be ok.
Or lower jack and allow to drain.

I would suggest using a 1/2"x6"x8" piece of wood for the jack cup as to not scratch the undercarraige.

I have changed my oil twice and use a 12"x12" piece of wood and jack car up just to rear of wheel, you will see a circular protrusion on floor. The load bearing has not indented the floorboard.
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with it being black on black ,i cant really see anything.I need to get all four of my wheels off so i need the whole thing on jack stands.The manual doesnt help at all for jack points .
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with it being black on black ,i cant really see anything.I need to get all four of my wheels off so i need the whole thing on jack stands.The manual doesnt help at all for jack points .
are you using a floor jack or the supplied scissor jack from the car?

the supplied jack has a notch in it that will align with the frame rail of the car as noted in the owners manual

if you are using a floor jack, post 18, second picture, the cup on the jack is white. lift the car up, and put the jack stands under the front subframe of the car. for the rear, you can lift on the diff or the rear subframe
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are you using a floor jack or the supplied scissor jack from the car?

the supplied jack has a notch in it that will align with the frame rail of the car as noted in the owners manual

if you are using a floor jack, post 18, second picture, the cup on the jack is white. lift the car up, and put the jack stands under the front subframe of the car. for the rear, you can lift on the diff or the rear subframe
I will be using a floor jask , i will look at the pick again when i get home.This monitor at work is small (15 inch),mine at home is 24 so hopefully i can see more.I'm just trying to be careful,with the way my luck has been going lately the car will probably fall off the stands .My motto these past 3 weeks is,if it wasn't for bad luck id'e have no luck at all.
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