How to Use a Jack Stand Alongside a Hydraulic Jack for My Car?

QuestionsCategory: Ask An ExpertHow to Use a Jack Stand Alongside a Hydraulic Jack for My Car?
Ethan Elizabeth Brown asked 6 months ago
I'm new to working on cars and have a question about using a jack stand with a hydraulic low profile jack. Specifically, I have a 2016 Honda Civic and need to understand how to position the jack stand while the hydraulic jack is using the pinch welds near the wheels. I know it's unsafe to work under a car supported only by a jack, but I'm unsure how to transition the car's weight to the jack stand. Additionally, I'm having trouble accessing the central jacking point with my jack. Any insights or advice would be greatly appreciated!
1 Answers
Zack Norman Staff answered 6 months ago
Hi there, Ethan! Thanks for reaching out with your question. It's awesome to see folks like you taking the initiative to work on your car and seeking advice to do it safely! I've seen far too many people just rush into working on their cars without prior tips or guidelines, and either messing it up pretty badly or even injuring themselves! Here are some tips for using a jack stand alongside a hydraulic jack:
  1. Alternate Jacking Points: If the hydraulic jack occupies the pinch welds, consider using alternate jacking points. Some cars have strong points on the frame or suspension components like the wishbone or rear axle beam. Ensure these points can carry the vehicle's weight without damage.
  2. Use of Ramps: For tasks not involving wheel removal, consider using low-profile ramps. Drive the car onto these ramps, then safely place the jack under the central jacking point.
  3. Extra Clearance: If you're struggling to fit the jack under your car, try using wooden boards (like 2x4s) to drive up onto, giving you more clearance.
  4. Safety First: Never crawl under a car supported only by a jack. Always ensure the vehicle is securely supported by jack stands before getting underneath.
  5. Consult the Manual: Check your owner's manual for specific advice about jacking points and procedures. Sometimes, service manuals provide more detailed information than owner's manuals.
  6. Invest in Quality Equipment: While initial costs can be high, investing in quality jacks and stands is crucial for safety and long-term savings in DIY car maintenance.
Remember, safety is paramount when working on vehicles. If you're ever unsure, consult a professional for guidance - no shame in getting some help! Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team