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Old 10-26-2012, 12:37 PM   #1
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floor jack points

Where and how do I jack the front of my 2012 Focus? I just need to change the oil, but doubtless there will be other times I need to get under the car.

The pinch welds under the front door hinge floorpan look strong, but would likely get chewed up by the steel plate on the floor jack. What about the flat subframe that bolts on either side of the floor? Or is there some special protector I can put between the jack and pinch weld? What about placing jack stands once it is lifted. Also, pinch welds will only lift one side of the car, it is far more convenient to lift the entire front of the car.

I am somewhat surprised there doesn't appear to be a good place to support this car with a jack without scarring up the sheetmetal. Geez, what a headache!

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Old 10-26-2012, 12:42 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure there are little arrows on the unpainted plastic trim pointing to the jacking points.

Also check the manual for changing a flat, should be included in there.
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It mentions it in the owner's manual, and I believe it may (I say may, since I haven't used the factory scissor jack, I use my floor jack) even have a small diagram on the sticker on the jack itself. But, at any rate, if you crouch down and look at the black plastic rocker cover, there is a little arrow (triangle really) embossed in the covers just aft of the front wheel for the front jack point and just ahead of the rear wheel for the rear jack point. You will also notice a "notch" in the metal seam just big enough for a hoist or floor jack to fit as well. If you use a large floor jack, and jack up the front high enough, you will see the back wheel (on the same side) also lift off the ground. Just goes to show how "stiff" and well built the unibody structure of these cars is. All my VW's did that as well.
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I has pictures on the jack...
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I am somewhat surprised there doesn't appear to be a good place to support this car with a jack without scarring up the sheetmetal. Geez, what a headache!
I use a block of wood on top of the floor jack. If it is a large floor jack I cut a piece of 2x4 to fit inside of the round dish like head. If it is a small jack, I just cut a piece of 2x4 to fit over the head. This will minimize the scuffing of the underside of the car. I really don't understand the design of the floor jack heads?
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I use a block of wood on top of the floor jack. If it is a large floor jack I cut a piece of 2x4 to fit inside of the round dish like head. If it is a small jack, I just cut a piece of 2x4 to fit over the head. This will minimize the scuffing of the underside of the car. I really don't understand the design of the floor jack heads?

Most floor jacks (good ones anyway) have rubber "inserts" for just that purpose. Work very well. If not, just use an old hockey puck.
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Also for anyone that is interested, you can download free manuals here. (Page 312 will have the jack points information)
http://www.focusplanet.com/downloads...uidemanual.pdf
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I really don't understand the design of the floor jack heads?
Cars used to built with enough frame, or sub-frame, and thick steel to be supported by another steel plate undamaged. My 2009 Honda Civic could be safely floor-jacked under the radiator support without cushioning.

I'm not complaining (much), as the Focus is exceptionally rigid and appears to be a good design.
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Also for anyone that is interested, you can download free manuals here. (Page 312 will have the jack points information)
http://www.focusplanet.com/downloads...uidemanual.pdf
Thanks, I have the manual and the jack points appear to be the pinch welds. Still requires something other than a steel floor jack head to do it without chewing up a brand new car.
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Anyone consider using a set of ramps?
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