What is Proper Use of Jackstands?
I have and 87 Cadillac Sedan Deville that has a leaking rack and pinion. Dealer wants $560 to fix it so want to tackle the job myself. Since I will be spending a quite a bit of time under the car I want to be sure of the proper use of the jackstands. This car doesn't have a solid frame chassis like the older cars and am wondering if it is safe to put the jackstands in the same location that the tire jack goes? The location is just a thin piece of metal about 1/8 inch wide and the Haynes manual I purchased for the car calls it a rocker panel flange. Not much surface area to sit on the jackstands. The Haynes repair manual does have a section about jacking up the car, but it completely fails to mention the proper location or placement to put the jackstands. In fact it says the tire jack supplied with the vehicle should only be used for raising the vehicle when changing a tire or placing jackstands under the frame. Well if I am using the tire jack to raise the vehicle, it would be impossible for me to put a jackstand where the tire jack is so I assume that location is not the proper place. I could use it if I lift the car with a floor jack but the manual doesn't list the proper place to put a floor jack either. Thanks in advance for any help with this.
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