There was a time when the underside of vehicles used a solid steel beam for the full length of the vehicle. With the fuel economy requirements that vehicles fleets work diligently to adhere to today, manufacturers have lowered the amount of steel used in their frames. Though this strategy satisfies the need to lower the vehicle’s weight, it also compromises the strength of the undercarriage, limiting the locations where a jack can be used.

Manufacturers locate strategic places where you can use a jack without harming the body in their owner’s manuals. These spots are normally beneath a door frame where extra support is required for safety reasons. You should always bring along a short length of 2x6 planking to equalize the pressure you are exerting on the undercarriage.

At our car maintenance facility in Storm Lake, Iowa we will show you the correct spots to use when jacking your vehicle.

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