Jack and Lift Locations: HOW TO ESCAPE

Jack and Lift Locations: HOW TO ESCAPE

Welcome back to “How to Escape”. This is Rahrena and today we’re going to be talking about jack stands- Where to place
them in the car, what to look for, and the type of jacks to use in certain
places. Let’s get started. Here you have the three most common
types of jacks that you’ll encounter when trying to lift a vehicle- On the
right, you have your standard scissor jack that comes with your spare tire. In
the back, you have a floor jack. On the left, you have jack stands. Now, each of
these serves a different purpose- the jack stands are meant to support the car
when it’s already up in the air because it has notched teeth that keep it from
falling back down as a safety precaution. A floor jack (in the back) is meant to
rapidly lift and then lower but not be a permanent support for your vehicle when
you’re underneath it. The scissor jack is a bit of a hybrid- they can do a little
bit of both but it’s not meant to be a long-term solution either. Although the scissor jack can lift up a corner of your car when replacing a
spare tire, it’s best to still be able to lower it onto jack stands when possible.
So let’s compare the contact points for each of these jacks. Your scissor jack
is meant to fit around the pinch welds of your subframe, your floor jack is
meant to make contact with durable flat surfaces of the underside of your car,
and the jack stands are meant to do the same. But now where do we put them all? As you can see, here is the arrow notating the jack point location that
you’ll find in your manual and it points to that cavity right there. Now you’ll
notice the pinch weld coming all the way down this way- that’s a pinch weld and
subframe. You’ll also notice that there’s a flat surface on this side of the pinch
weld that you can’t always see from the outside. If you were to just use a flat
floor jack you would come up and hit this pinch weld and bend it as you can
see that there are some bends that are already in here. Check out the image
of the underside of a Ford Escape here- The green shows where the floor jack can
make contact which are the control arms in the suspension. The red represents the
proper location for the jack stand as noted in your manual, and the blue
represents the possible locations for your scissor jack If you’re just going to be using your
scissor jack to replace the spare tire quickly on the side of the road, you
slide it in place and crank it up, no big deal because you’re doing a pretty quick
job. However, if you’re going to have your car up in the air for an extended period
of time, you’re gonna want to use jack stands. But then how do these two
different heads compete for that space? Well, you can see the shoulder on the top
of the scissor jack sticks up and it’ll actually make contact with this top
surface up here on the other side of the pinch weld. So now what we do is we use
our scissor jack and we’re going to scoot it back maybe about eight inches
or so- just so that we have enough room for our floor jack to scoot in from the
side and plug into that cavity… So let’s get started… Now that we have the car up we have
enough room to put our floor jack in place, and now we lower the car down Get the rod out of the way and pull it out… and there’s your jack stand in the correctly noted spot. If you do have a floor jack
and don’t want to spend your time with your scissor jack and pulling it out of
the back of the Escape, I’m going to show you the contact points as shown in that
diagram on the control arms. This is a much more rapid method but we’re going
to position our floor jack underneath our control arm and begin lifting up- Now,
the control arm can support this because it supports the weight of your car and
the shocks max out, so you’re not going to hurt anything by lifting up from this
point. We’re now able to go around and remove
the jack stand that we had before release the floor jack… and slide it out! And lastly, if you really
want to use your floor jack on the manual notated lifting points, in order
to not damage the pinch welds of the subframe, what you can do
take a simple hockey puck you pick up from Walmart, chop it down the middle and you’ll have two halves that you can plug into the cavity to support the flat
surface of the floor jack. Alright so the reasons the magnets help, is because you can go anywhere along the inside of the pinched subframe and stick it on there to
still leave room for your jack stand… Position your floor jack and go and then lower it as needed of course. All right, so that basically wraps up our
video today talking about jack stands, the different types, and the different
places to put them when lifting up our escapes. Again, this cut hockey puck idea
with the magnets pretty slick saw that on the forums- If you have any
questions or suggestions to make this better please post it in the comments
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24 thoughts on “Jack and Lift Locations: HOW TO ESCAPE

  1. At 2:00, the diagram likely is mislabeled. The factory jack clearly is supposed to only be used at the marked arrow, and perhaps the two rectangular openings fore and aft may allow a jackstand with a proper flat head. Moving the scissor jack even 8" either way may fail, or at least bend weaker sheet metal not reinforced by welds or extra thicknesses. That as he says, is where the arrow is!

  2. My 2005 Escape doesn't look anything at all like that under there. Essentially a completely different vehicle with the same name. Ever try repairing a mustang , and then you gotta sort through 55 years of basically completely different vehicles with the same name to find the information your looking for.. yep total headache lol

  3. Can I change my car rotor with only a jack stand on one side of the wheels?? I dont have the floor jack.

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