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Old 11-11-2016, 08:14 PM   #1
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I am replacing steering linkage and ball joints over the next couple weeks and am curious about jack stand positioning.

I have seen and read so many different things on this topic. The manual says not to use the axle or diff as a jack point but I hear and see so many do that. Is that not a good idea?

I have yet to really put my rig on stands like this so am looking for thoughts on the SAFEST and best way to do this.

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Old 11-11-2016, 09:39 PM   #2
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I've never had a problem keeping the floor jack under the pumpkin with jack stands near the end of each axle...don't know if this is correct or not...but it works for me .
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Well alright then! Thanks, Doc.

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I use the differential to jack the rear up in the rear and usually position the jack in the front where it won't interfere with where I place the stand. I lift the front first and then the rear. I don't trust adjustable jack stands for support when I am doing heavy work (trans) and using another jack to lift with. Depending where I'm at under the truck I'll slide the tire I took off under the frame or bumper for safety. Keep in mind the adjustable cast iron jack stand is most likely made in china on a bad day and by a rice farmer hired that morning.
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Jack stands under the axle tubes closet the rotor area without crushing anything is best in the rear. The front I go on the frame just behind the lower control arm. If I am under the truck laying I toss wheels under the frame at diff areas as well most times just incase or leave my wheels on the truck.
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My truck is too low to do any good leaving the wheels on.. lol
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To pick up on Greg's comment about "rice farmers". here in NZ, I would say 60% of the goods on sale at our auto shops are sourced from china.
I purchased a new water pump for the Eldorado and it was made in Korea and the EGR valve I just received came from Mexico.
As for axle stands my cobber has adapted concrete house piles for the job, they wont fall down, but are a bugger to move.
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Storytime: Most everything is out sourced to countries with low wages. These factories run 7 days a week.. they may be contracted to manufacture say 10,000 units for a known US company all boxed ready to be sold. But the factory continues the " run" to sell as knock offs. Often the retailer not knowing they are selling knock offs and not the genuine item. The US company since it isn't manufacturing their own product and has taken the position of a whole seller has lost control of their product, as the knock off being the same item they themselves are marketing. This is happening with replacement parts from aircraft, water pumps to brake rotors. Actually this knock off pipe line came into focus from a New York taxi company that purchased a large number of brake replacement parts from a whole seller instead directly from the US company which they normally did. When asked why, the taxi company said the whole seller had a much better price than they did for the same part.The price given, was lower than what the US company was paying their overseas manufacturer for the part. The knock off was the same part as the genuine (sic) part. Of course the US company took a beating. But there are plenty of horror stories that don't turn out well. So it is no wonder that a new part falls apart taking it home.. it's a sad state of affairs that nothing can be trusted.
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