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Old 07-02-2014, 03:55 PM   #1
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Jacking Under the Front Subframe

So on my 2001 ZX3 I used one floor jack centered under the front sub frame to get the car in the air and then put it on jack stands to do any work underneath. On my new 2013 Focus Titanium, I have done the same thing but there looks like I might have bent the front sub frame, or maybe its just my imagination. Does anyone else jack their car up this way, and could I have damaged the sub frame?


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Old 07-02-2014, 04:09 PM   #2
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I have two floor jacks and I use them to jack up at the subframe where it is contacting the body. Another option is to use the jacking points but you must use a plastic saddle or you could bend the sheet metal. Once jacked up I put safety stands next to the jack points

I have never used the point you mention but to me it seems strong enough
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:10 AM   #3
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On the 2001, jacking by the front subframe is only recommended at the point where the rear motor mount connects. (not centered)

IIRC, the 2013 has a similar recommendation.
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I have been doing my 2012 from the front center by the RMM there looks like a pipe going though it I just center the cup under it, on rear looks like an I beam dead center and have had no problems. I have a 8 ton floor jack from truck years so kinda has a large cup also I place jack stands as soon as it is up most of the time on control arms four 6 ton ones so plenty of room to work under like changing the clutch in the mustang... LOL
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I'll have to get under the car again and take a really good look. I figure with the size and boxing on that front support that it should be able to take the weight no problem. Just with one person and no lift it becomes a pain to use two jacks to get the car up in the air for an oil change and inspection. One under the center is a ton easier haha.
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It'd be a lot nicer to have better official front & rear jacking points, cars I've owned with them are simpler to set the jack on.

The slight off center of the RMM location isn't too bad if you jack the front first, then set it on jack stands. Not too much of a tilt, just one side hits the stand a bit sooner.
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Old 07-05-2014, 04:50 PM   #7
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I hate jacking up Ford cars...rear end of the rocker panels rust away, and the tiny jacking area isn't far behind. They did much better covering the Focus's rocker panels, so maybe this car will last longer in that regard.
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