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Central Jack Points for Lifting Vehicle
zzzbullseye
12-04-2010
I swapped out my summer wheel/tire combo for my winter setup today, and since I've seen several questions from folks about where the correct jack points are for lifting your vehicle, I thought I'd snap a few photos and share. These photos are from my 2009 E90 335i, but all models of E90-E93 should...
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By tracerit on 04-11-2011, 09:56 AM
say once the car is lifted with the jack, how do i place and secure jackstands? do i place the jackstand directly underneath the jack pad?
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By zzzbullseye on 04-12-2011, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Cottage Dude View Post
I've got a question on the rear lift point.
My 335d has a 'strut' running between the two exhaust pipes directly below the rear lifting point (i forgot to snap a photo on the weekend). There is no way for me to get my jack to this lift point. Is there another rear lifting point so that I can jack the rear and change both tires at the same time??

If this is the only 'designed' rear lift point, then it is pretty poor engineering by BMW.
The area you're identifying as a "strut" is actually part of the differential. I would not recommend this as a lift point. Why can't you reach the lift point, are there clearance issues, or is the saddle on your jack gigantic..?


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say once the car is lifted with the jack, how do i place and secure jackstands? do i place the jackstand directly underneath the jack pad?
Yes, place the jack stands under the jack pads at the locations indicated in the first photo in the OP.
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By silentassasin on 04-23-2011, 10:47 AM
Thanks for posting.
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By ramirez330i on 06-14-2011, 09:28 PM
Thank you so much for the post! Really helped me out with this one
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By zzzbullseye on 06-15-2011, 07:50 AM
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Thanks for posting.
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Thank you so much for the post! Really helped me out with this one
You're welcome, glad to help.
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By fherjohn on 09-12-2011, 09:50 PM
Thanks for this post! So whats the use of jack pads for BMW? I'm a little confused on what they are exactly for.
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By zzzbullseye on 09-13-2011, 06:44 AM
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Thanks for this post! So whats the use of jack pads for BMW? I'm a little confused on what they are exactly for.
You're welcome. The jack pads can be used in a variety of ways. If you're changing a flat on the side of the road, they are the lift points for the jack (the head of the OEM BMW scissors-type jack should mate up to the jack pad exactly). At the dealership or repair shop, they act as the lift points for the garage (4 point) lift. And as depicted in this thread, they can be used in combination with a floor jack and jack stands.
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By token419 on 09-13-2011, 04:49 PM
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Excellent Guide!!! this will come in very handy when i install my alarm
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By zzzbullseye on 09-14-2011, 10:42 AM
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Excellent Guide!!! this will come in very handy when i install my alarm
Cool, good luck!
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By TheRealPeterman on 12-30-2011, 01:55 AM
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Yep, it can be a challenge to get the jack far enough under, the 2x4s did the trick for me though. I may eventually invest in a long reach low profile floor jack.
I just drive onto some regular car ramps (rhino ramps) then just roll the jack on down there, hook the front lift point, then do the rear. Did not know you could lift on that rear crossmember, cause of the holes and all...looks kinda weak, but ok, whatever.

Great write-up...
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By rtgirard on 01-02-2012, 03:23 PM
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These front/rear center lift points work great. Those of us with xi cars certainly have an easier time getting the jack under the front.

Does anyone have a pic of the rear strut a few posters back mentioned on his 335d? I'm just curious.
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By ENINTY on 01-04-2012, 10:31 PM
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These front/rear center lift points work great. Those of us with xi cars certainly have an easier time getting the jack under the front.

Does anyone have a pic of the rear strut a few posters back mentioned on his 335d? I'm just curious.
This be it... It's plenty strong enough to lift the rear of the car from (as long as the jack has good purchase on the beam!).
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By Snyperx on 01-08-2012, 06:22 PM
Can someone provide a few pictures of how regular jackstands mate up with the jack pads?
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By zzzbullseye on 01-08-2012, 06:52 PM
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Can someone provide a few pictures of how regular jackstands mate up with the jack pads?
I don't have a close-up, but I blew up one of the pics from above. You should be able to see in the area I have circled that the jack pad rests in the saddle of the jack stand. There's nothing super technical about it, just center it up front to back and side to side.

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By Bababooey on 01-11-2012, 04:32 PM
OP - Thanks for taking the time to post this!
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By Andy328i on 07-19-2012, 11:31 AM
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OP - Thanks for taking the time to post this!
Amen! This answered all the questions I had about lifting and placing jack stands under my car in one clear post!
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By zzzbullseye on 07-19-2012, 05:50 PM
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OP - Thanks for taking the time to post this!
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Amen! This answered all the questions I had about lifting and placing jack stands under my car in one clear post!
Thanks, glad to help out.
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By neilvosko on 07-24-2012, 12:01 AM
Many thx
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By zzzbullseye on 07-29-2012, 10:19 AM
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Many thx
You're welcome!
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By omerfar23 on 08-02-2012, 11:32 AM
Honestly Thank you Sir!!
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By zzzbullseye on 08-03-2012, 09:53 AM
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Honestly Thank you Sir!!
You're welcome.
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By S3RI35 on 09-20-2012, 10:08 PM
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awesome post! Now I'm ready for our plastidip party!!
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