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    Default Use of Trolley Jacks

    I changed the wheels and tyres on my Volvo today ... our neighbour loaned us a trolley jack, being unfamiliar with trolley jacks I simply jacked the car up with the trolley jack straddling the normal scissor jacking point at the side of the car.

    Can someone please advise on best use of trolley jacks and general locations to jack cars up (with photos)?

    I seem to have gotten away with it this time, but some photos of the Vectra preferred trolley jacking points as well would be great.

    Incidentally, the trolley jack made the job 100 times easier than using the scissor jack supplied with the car, and it felt a lot safer

    Hope you can help with jacking advice and photos

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    just use the std jacking points
    they are a lot better then the std **** jacks
    i got my self a 2 ton one from Costco even fits under low cars £59 off the top of my head

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    Put a piece of flat wood on the jack hand, i.e the bit that touches the car, look for a chassis rail or failing that under a suspension bush, but not the wishbone or you will bend it, anything more than changing a wheel use an axle stand as well, working on cars rocks them, this will help you avoid being crushed should the jack slip, and they do slip, especially the £9.99 halfords type 2 tonners. hth

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    One of the things I was taught was to put the spare wheel underneath the car if I was changing a wheel. If it does slip when you are changing it the car will fall onto the spare rather than the ground or something more serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by denzo

    Hope you can help with jacking advice and photos
    For anybody who has ever read viz, that quote is like something straight out of Finbarr Saunders, fnarr fnarr.

    Sorry mate, couldn't resist. Just be careful with the side skirts when using a trolley jack as it has a much greater contact area with the car as opposed to the scissor jack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VauxVeteran
    Put a piece of flat wood on the jack hand, i.e the bit that touches the car, look for a chassis rail or failing that under a suspension bush, but not the wishbone or you will bend it, anything more than changing a wheel use an axle stand as well, working on cars rocks them, this will help you avoid being crushed should the jack slip, and they do slip, especially the £9.99 halfords type 2 tonners. hth

    Excellent advice VV.

    The Trolley jack is quicker & more efficient to get the car up, but is not safe at all to work under.

    Always use axle stands, they're cheap & much safer.

    I've seen my father in law nearly lose an arm through not listening to my advice.

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    Thanks everyone .... Viz

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