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      02-11-2013, 10:34 AM   #3
pbonsalb
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Regular jackstands with the Y shaped top don't really fit the stock jacking point. You can use them anyway there. You can also put them at other load bearing points, like frame rails, subframes, suspension mounting points, etc. If you are totally unfamiliar with working on cars, it might be safest to find someone with experience to crawl under the car with you and show you the various points.

With the more expensive flat top jack stands, you can use jack adapters for the stock jacking points. And also find frame rails and subframes to use, though the flat top jack stands are not as good for some irregular shaped suspension mounting points.

If you have done much jacking, you have probably noticed how rigid these cars are. Jack one point and the entire side of the car lifts pretty evenly. Still, when using jackstands, I like to have two floor jacks. The car is more likely to slip off just one jackstand than off a floor jack.

Have fun, stay safe and good luck.