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Can i put a floor jack under my differential?

Discussion in 'General Explorations!!' started by KAiRO, March 2, 2004.

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      I've got a flat tire (in my garage thank god) and all I have at my disposal is a floor jack to get my 33" tire off the ground. The only place it will lift high enough I think is on the differential. I know I shoulden't put it on the pumpkin, but can lift from the tubes on the side?


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      The box is the pumpkin and the () are the tires. Can i place my jack where the "x" is?
       
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      When I put my blocks on last summer thats where I put my floor jack.
      When I took them off and installed my lift shackles I used the same place.
       
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      Isn't the pumpkin the differential?
       
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      yah but it can damage the diff casing (so i've heard)
       
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      I see. I thought the manual said to use the diffy for jacks, I've heard the same about the leaks. I use the differential when I jack and haven't had any problems .. yet.
       
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      yes put the jack where you have the 'x' basically, under the springs or as close to the outside of the axle as possible.
       
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      allrighty. thanks guys. It's a dana 44 so i wasen't too worried about breaking it, but you know what they say, better safe then sorry
       
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      What if you were to put up both sides though? Do you put that side on a stand and then proceed to jack the otherside up and put it on a stand too?
       
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      yes.. just chock the front wheels
       
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      i have jacked up every vehicle i have ever owned by the diffy. not saying its prudent, but thats what i did. i know my X has been lifted by it by me at least 20 times.
       
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      Thank you for the useful information.
       

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