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      10-09-2012, 09:28 AM   #1
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are jack pad adapters needed for use with a lift?

are jack pad adapters like this one:



needed for use with a shop lift?

is any adapter needed? or can you just lift the car using the plastic jack pads attached to the bottom of the car?

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are jack pad adapters like this one:



needed for use with a shop lift?

is any adapter needed? or can you just lift the car using the plastic jack pads attached to the bottom of the car?

thanks.
The shop I go to just uses wood blocks.... But thats because I dont really care about the jack pads, otherwise they would use these
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Without the jack pads, your jack will destroy the jacking point plastic things.
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      10-09-2012, 10:15 AM   #4
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Without the jack pads, your jack will destroy the jacking point plastic things.
OP is talking about a lift. And what type of jack are you using that is detroying the plastic jack points?
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Without the jack pads, your jack will destroy the jacking point plastic things.
OP is talking about a lift. And what type of jack are you using that is detroying the plastic jack points?
+1. What kind of jack are you using? I have lifted my car countless times using a hydraulic floor jack on the jack points and they are fine.

The last time my car was on a proper lift they used wood blocks I think.
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I put mine up on a lift all of time on the plastic jack points and never use jack pad adapters. Never any damage. However, curbs do a number on them ;-). Replacements are on $14 from the dealer.
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I use an old baseball glove between the jack and jack point ... never any damage. Of course, always use jack stands once lifted by the hydraulic jack.
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No. The pads are specifically designed for use with an automotive lift. I have lift in my shop and have lifted my car prob 50 times by now. No damage.
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      10-09-2012, 12:19 PM   #9
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thanks for the info everyone.
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I put mine up on a lift all of time on the plastic jack points and never use jack pad adapters. Never any damage. However, curbs do a number on them ;-). Replacements are on $14 from the dealer.
do you have the part number for the Jack point? i bought my car with 1 of them a little crushed. i think the only time it could damage the Jack point is when the lifting surface isn't under the entire Jack point.
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I use a heavy piece of carpet and a 2 X 4 on mine and have zero issues. I also seldom use the actual jack point but right by the jack point. This is a unibody car and if you are close to the area as in right beside it no harm is done jacking or lifting there...
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Most shops use a scissor, mid rise or 2 post lift which yes should have a rubber block placed under the jack points
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Without the jack pads, your jack will destroy the jacking point plastic things.
No it won't, that is what it is made for....

To the OP, no it won't. I have a personal lift and I have put it in the lift easily 20-25 times using the plastic ones with no problem.
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Well it sure did on mine. Its not the jack itself that did it, but the jack stand. None have the appropriate shape so they force on the wall of the little plastic adapter and it get crushed.
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jack stand will do that because it doesn't have proper contact with all the side of the jack point.
lift on the other hand will not have this problem.
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No it won't, that is what it is made for....

To the OP, no it won't. I have a personal lift and I have put it in the lift easily 20-25 times using the plastic ones with no problem.
What type and brand lift do you have?
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Man all of you guys using items such as "an old baseball glove", "a heavy piece of carpet", I really hope you are utilizing jack stands once the car is up in the air....
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Man all of you guys using items such as "an old baseball glove", "a heavy piece of carpet", I really hope you are utilizing jack stands once the car is up in the air....
Im guessing they are refering to using a jack on the center point of the car. Which is completely fine as long as the glove doesnt slip. Some people use a piece of wood.

After its up then you can put towers on the side jack points


I destroyed one of the plastic jack points using a standard jack to lift the car up. Learned the hard way.
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Im guessing they are refering to using a jack on the center point of the car. Which is completely fine as long as the glove doesnt slip. Some people use a piece of wood.

After its up then you can put towers on the side jack points


I destroyed one of the plastic jack points using a standard jack to lift the car up. Learned the hard way.
Your missing my point...
I dont care where you jack a car up from, using a baseball glove and or piece of carpet to aid in jacking a car up isnt what I would consider the best way to accomplish getting jack stands under a car.

I see no reason to use anything to jack a car up at the jack point location. You arent going to damage anything there as long as your careful. The only area of concern for damage would be the plastic jacking points, hence the Jack Pad Adapters. If cars were meant to be lifted with baseball gloves, they would come equipt with a Rawlings (maybe even autographed by Jose Canseco... if your lucky) next to the invisible spare tire in your trunk.

You guys can all do as you please, not going to affect me one way or the other, but the last guy who had a few thousand lb car land on him... thought his plan of attack was bullet proof too!
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Without the jack pads, your jack will destroy the jacking point plastic things.
Gotta love all the "FACTS" in this forum.
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If cars were meant to be lifted with baseball gloves, they would come equipt with a Rawlings
Yeah, and if people were meant to walk around upsidedown and naked they'd be born that way. Oh wait, we were!


Seriously though, I assume you're smart enough to use jack stands instead of relying on a jack to keep the car in the air by itself. Since you can't exactly swap them while the car's in the air, one is either jacking using the jack point and using the jack stand on a different spot or vice versa. Do you use any sort of protective layer for the off-jackpoint contact or no?
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Yeah, and if people were meant to walk around upsidedown and naked they'd be born that way. Oh wait, we were!


Seriously though, I assume you're smart enough to use jack stands instead of relying on a jack to keep the car in the air by itself. Since you can't exactly swap them while the car's in the air, one is either jacking using the jack point and using the jack stand on a different spot or vice versa. Do you use any sort of protective layer for the off-jackpoint contact or no?
So you obviously don't know how to properly lift the E9X chassis. The DIY section and the Maintenance section both cover this in detail. The chassis has two central jack points, one for the front and one for the rear, where you lift the car with the jack and then place jackstands under the plastic lifting points on the rocker panels. The front lifting point is under the engine and is visible by the round indentation in the plastic undershield. The rear jacking point is the rear differential iron case (not the aluminum cover).
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