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Old 11-10-2013, 06:14 PM
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Just rotated my tires since I now have 10K miles on the truck. I jacked up the truck as normal in the rear using the axle tube and used the lower control arm in the front as per the manual (exactly per the manual and the manual has photos which I followed to the letter). I used the factory jack in the front and a hydraulic shop jack in the rear.

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The lower control arm in the front is aluminum and the jack made some marks/indentations since the aluminum is soft. Why would Chrylser advise jacking the truck here? I assume with multiple jacking/tire rotation and maintenance etc, the dents will deepen.

I see some other beefy frame areas in the front behind the bumper, anyone try these?

Here are the photos of the slightly dented lower control arms. It not structural damage, but it seems stupid to jack under aluminum parts, even though it is beefy and molded for strength.
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I have always used the spring perches for jacking up the front end, whether i use the jack that comes with the vehicle or a floor jack
i use rubber pads on my floor jack
i don't like scratches or dents either
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I just put my winters on and jacked on the steel portion where the lower aluminum control arm connects.
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anyone else? I am sure others are seeing the same issue.
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Dents there make absolutely zero difference to anything. It's a boss intended for that purpose. It's going to get marked up. Not sure what the issue is?

That said - the truck DOES have a frame. Use that instead, if it makes you happier. Better rearward of the front wheels than in front of them. You'll put marks on the frame too, that's what happens when you jack stuff up, but if you'd rather have them somewhere other than the control arm, the frame is your next best bet. That's where I put the jackstands, on the frame - use the control arms to get it in the air and then lower it onto jackstands on the frame. As pictured below.



Guess mine probably has marks in both places.

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