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Old 12-01-2006, 02:03 AM   #1
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Hydraulic Jack lifting points for the Celica

I'm a complete newbie when it comes to servicing my car and I just wanted to share my 2 thoughts on using a jack.

Some of this is depicted in the Toyota Owner's manual when using the emergency scissor jack found in your trunk. However, I had a bit of trouble figuring out how to use my newly purchased hydraulic jack.

For full instructions on how to use a hydraulic jack, you can find a long-winded video online HERE

HERE


First off, this is the jack I used



and I used these jackstands




The front jacking point can be found midline about 1 foot back from the front bumper here



The rear jacking point can also be found midline and consists of the frame crossbar at the centerpoint here



There are other jacking points but for my purposes - tire rotation and changing tires, these are the safest jacking points that I could find.

A couple of other points

1) My jack did not quite lift the car high enough for my purposes. The trick here is to put the jack on top of some pieces of plywood to "lift it up". The other thing that you can do is put a hockey puck on the top of the jack (between the car and jack) which adds another 1 - 1.5".

Also, if you are using a jack on a softer surface that can be damaged (ie: asphalt); make sure you put the jack on top of a good piece of plywood so it doesn't sink in.

2) ALWAYS use a jackstand if you have them. You can place them on the regular jacking points that are found just behind the front wheels and in front of the back wheels. This is actually described well in the Owner's manual.

3) Loosen the wheels first before you start jacking up the car if you are rotating wheels.

4)If you are actually doing work under the car; after you jack it up, lower it back onto the jackstands if you have them. Also, ALWAYS, ALWAYS chock/put bricks blocks behind the wheels so that the car doesn't slip. Manual cars should be put into gear and the hand brake should be fully deployed.


Hope this is helpful, I did a search on the forums and although jacking points are discussed, there were no pictures.

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Old 12-01-2006, 02:23 AM   #3
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Nice pic where were you when I was looking around for this information yesterday

Thanks

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Old 12-01-2006, 04:49 AM   #4
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Useful. Should be stickied.
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Old 12-01-2006, 05:30 AM   #5
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You may find that if you use the Blue jack points in that pic (particularly the front)... you won't need the block of wood to get it high enough to remove both wheels on that side.
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:07 AM   #6
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What if I want to put the car up on stands for a long period of time, do put the stands in the positions the manual says, or is there a better place to put the car up on jacks?
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:27 AM   #7
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I was thinking about this the other day. Definitely a useful thread.

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Useful. Should be stickied.
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amazing thread this needs to be stickied and put in the tech info section. the underbody picture of the car is really helpfull and very easy to understand!

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Old 04-23-2011, 05:05 PM   #9
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I have a celica model kit and should have just posted that.
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Old 04-25-2011, 03:17 PM   #10
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What if I want to put the car up on stands for a long period of time, do put the stands in the positions the manual says, or is there a better place to put the car up on jacks?
You use the jackstand positions, there really aren't any better options.
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:06 AM   #11
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I can never find the damn positions for the rear... Could anyone take a picture for me?
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:37 PM   #12
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There you go.

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Old 04-29-2011, 04:53 PM   #13
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There you go.

Really? I was staring at that for 3 minutes, but I figured it couldn't possibly be good. Wouldn't the weight of the car squish that from a round shape to an oval, causing some suspension problems?
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Old 04-30-2011, 07:32 PM   #14
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Try it out, if you see any bending then stop.

Just make sure neither the jack or the stands can slip from under it.
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Wouldn't the weight of the car squish that from a round shape to an oval, causing some suspension problems?
The arc/circle is one of the most stable shapes, next to the triangle.
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I just placed my car on jack stands using those positions....had it on the stand most of the day....worked great
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I'll consider stickying this. I think most people agree.
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There you go.



Okay, that's a solid area for a jack stand also right? My jack tip seems to fit snugly on it.

Will my stand also support the flat two areas at the front as shown in post #2 at the axle positions?
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You'll have to try and see. That type of head isn't ideal for flat spots as you are going to concentrate the load in two points instead of spreading it.
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:20 PM   #21
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I also lift from the pinch using a long board to spread the load, no damage to the car.
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usefull thread, wanted to change the oil and was wondering how to jack it
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i changed mine without jackin it
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:14 AM   #24
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On the diagram where it says blue for jacking points I become a little confused. If you look under the car there is a bolt right there and I cant imagine that's where all the weight should be when lifting the car? Also could I just use the axle stand points on the diagram as the jacking points? I use tree stumps as my axle stands to which I place right beside the scissor jack points on the sides. I just got a hydraulic jack and I have never used one before. Maybe if I could get some more idea's on where its safe to place the hydraulic jack would be extremely helpful as well!
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I just got a hydraulic jack and I have never used one before. Maybe if I could get some more idea's on where its safe to place the hydraulic jack would be extremely helpful as well!
Go back to the first post!
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Holy thread resurrection, Batman!

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Old 04-10-2014, 05:24 PM   #27
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Well, since he resurrected the old ass forum I mine as well add in my two cents.

I jack my car up all the time, Rotating tires, spraying my brake calipers red, spraying my wheels back, replacing my wheel well liner, etc.

And I will say that the front jacking point is VERY safe, my best advice would be just to make sure you are centered on that little hood looking thing, It's very secure, that "hook" is what a towing company would hook their chains to pull you on the ramp...

As for the back jacking point, I know it looks scetchy being the thing that holds up your rear wheels, but it is SUPER strong, I've had a hydraulic jack under it for over 5 hours and my car runs and feels secure as hell!

No problems with it.
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