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Old 10-11-2013, 10:31 PM
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So I tried to rotate my tires today, and I found the explanation of the jack points for our truck...lacking. First, they want you to use the scissor lift right near the rear tires on the axle. I found this to be incredibly awkward and very unsafe since the scissor jack does not have a cradle shape for the axle to "sit" in.

I ended up using the scissor jack on the front as the manual suggested, but I found that I absolutely could not get my floor jack in the "suggested" lift location near the rear tire. Right or wrong, I placed the floor under the rear shock and lifted there (I remember working with my mechanic of a step-dad growing up, and we always lifted there, I think). I wanted to put the jack on the axle, but I couldn't get it close enough to the tire as I would like. I ended up setting it back down on with a jack stand on the axle. Was this appropriate for this truck?? If not, I will not be doing that again...

Anyhow, I was unable to rotate the tires because the darn things were seized to the rotors. I managed to get one tire off, but could not get the second. I didn't spend too much time cause I wanted to get the truck back on the ground asap. Seems like anything I try to do on this truck goes about like this....

Any advise on proper lifting of these trucks with the floor jack would be much appreciated for further work.
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Right or wrong, I have always lifted the rear by floor jack under the differential housing. For the front I jack each side independently at the furthest forward flat area on the frame rails. But, maybe I am doing it all wrong
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Right or wrong, I have always lifted the rear by floor jack under the differential housing. For the front I jack each side independently at the furthest forward flat area on the frame rails. But, maybe I am doing it all wrong
Nothing wrong with your choice of lifting points.
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Anywhere on the frame for front or back or both. And on the rear axle differential housing, commonly known as the pumpkin.
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Sounds like a winner to me.
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I will add that I put jack stands under the shock mounts in the rear and the same area of the from that I jack on in the front.
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Absolutely!

Jack stands are not a maybe.

They're a necessity!

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F that scissor jack. I went and got a good quality 4 Ton floor jack, and heavy duty jack stands. Trust me, your life depends on it...

Also, to get the rims off the rotor/Hub I kick the bottom, then hit the top. It works itself loose real quick. I also put a thin layer of anti seize before the tire goes back on.
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i always have put my jack on the rear axle shaft, as close to the spring/shock mounts as possible, if there is enough meat where the shock mounts are, that is the best place

my floor jack has a rubber pad on it, a tech at Discount Tire gave it to me, they go through floor jacks much faster then we could even think of & they get a new pad for every one of them
I used to use a 2x4 & a shop rag, so that the paint was not scratched
put your jack stands as close to the wheels as you feel comfortable with

do NOT put jack stands on any part that is capable of movement !!!!
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Maybe I worry too much but I would just go to a shop & spend the 15 or 20 bucks they charge for a rotation. I have lost 2 friends in the last 35 years when vehicles fell off a jack or a cheap jack stand. When you do get the wheels off wire brush the wheel & hub and apply a little anti seize compound to the mating surface & be sure to tighten the lug nuts to the proper torque.
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