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Old 05-05-2014, 06:16 PM   #1
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Where should I place the jack to remove a tire so I can check my bearings on my 2013 Tracer 240 Air? I read many different places to not jack it up on the axles so do I pick a spot on the frame near the tire and can I use stands?
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:49 PM   #2
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You don't want to jack right in the middle of the axle as that can bend it. However, you can jack on it right next to the spring shackle bolts that go around the axle tube, just before you jack it up make sure there's room to put the stand on the tube between the axle bolts.

If you have four stands, you can set up one side at a time, and if you're work area is on a slant sideways, I'd do one side at a time. If it's on a slant where it can roll downhill then hook your TV to it and set the parking brake since once you start jacking chocks are of little use.

Good luck, feel free to ask if there's any questions!
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The other option is jacking on the frame with some wood to spread the pressure out. Both are good.
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If you have springs, you can jack on the axle directly between the U bolts holding the springs to the axle. If you have torsion axles, you can jack between the axles on the 2 x 4 steel tube the torsion is mounted to. I made an adaptor for this.
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:12 PM   #5
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wood between jack and frame? BAD idea. When the wood splits or slips out of place, something bad will happen.
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wood between jack and frame? BAD idea. When the wood splits or slips out of place, something bad will happen.

As a non-mechanically inclined person, I find these "where to jack" threads fascinating. I'm a computer person at heart.

What I find interesting is what I said is what was said to me last year when I had the same question. It seems that each recommendation is met with a dire death and destruction warning. I've yet to read one suggestion that everyone agrees with.

I don't mean to say or imply that you're wrong and I'm right- just sharing that these threads are highly divided in their recommendations usually.
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wood between jack and frame? BAD idea. When the wood splits or slips out of place, something bad will happen.
X2 on the wood, a pc of steel OK as long as it can't slip. That's why I welded a "keeper" on my jack adaptor, it can't slip and can't come off the jack.
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wood is soft and bends. You aren't spreading the load out with it. Large blocks UNDER the jack are fine
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Picking something up off the tires is dangerous, which is why we take precautions such as my saying to hook the tv up to help hold it steady. Direct jack pad contact is best but with caution a single block of wood as a spacer isn't the end of the world.

Single biggest key is to not get under it while jacked up except to place jack stands and don't get under it at all while the tires are off.
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[QUOTE=SKnight;604528] a single block of wood as a spacer isn't the end of the world. QUOTE]

uh, it very well could be for the one doing it.
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