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This is a discussion on Jacking and Lifting within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Before you start reading, I just have to say, I know this is a stupid question. I just haven't ever ...

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    Jacking and Lifting

    Before you start reading, I just have to say, I know this is a stupid question. I just haven't ever been under my vehicle when it was on all jack stands. I am changing my trans gasket and fluid. 2 questions. Is it safe to go under our car when it is on all stands? And where do you put the jacks? I am asking because I notice indentations in the frame where I have been putting them. Oh and 1 more question. Is it ok to leave our car jacked up with the wheels hanging for a week?
    Any help would be great. I want to make it back out from under neath my car after this. Stupid I know.

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    If you support the car properly with jack stands, then yes it is very safe. Just don't crawl under a car supported by only a hydraulic floor jack. They can suddenly collapse or tip over.
    You can leave the car in the air with the wheels hanging down for years without problems.

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    cutlass hit it all. if you look right under your car you'll see cutouts on the body and even parts of the unibody to set the jacks.

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    I have four 3 ton jack stands. I put them under a 2-3 inch wide part of the underbody that is box shaped, yet 2' long and has holes cut out along the bottom of it. I think it is the frame. I bumped and shook the car a little and it didn"t budge.

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    Should be good.... I do my best to push the car over before trusting it. If it passes that test, on all rigid stands (no hydraulics) then you should be good to go.

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    yes dont go under the car if its on a hydraulic jack, even if im only going underneath the car for a minute or 2 to inspect something i stick a jack stand under it and let it down a tad bit until its resting halfway on the jack stand and halfway on the hydraulic jack.

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    I put the stands under the lower A-arms up front and under the axle in the rear.

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    I think I will put the stands under the A arms next time. i was going to put them under the axle but the sway bar is in the way. I changed the trans filter and cleaned out my pan. I forgot that i was worried about being under there once i started working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j nix View Post
    I think I will put the stands under the A arms next time. i was going to put them under the axle but the sway bar is in the way. I changed the trans filter and cleaned out my pan. I forgot that i was worried about being under there once i started working.
    I have 2 smaller stands that fit right between the shock mount and LCA mount on the rear axle. I think they're the $10 stands from wal-mart......had them a long time and I think that's where they came from.

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