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Jack up your car (not just Corvettes) in 7 easy steps

There are many different jack points on your Corvette. Here’s a guide for raising it on the correct jacking locations – this guide will also work for most non-Corvettes (though the jacking locations will differ from car to car):

First things first – I know that most people nowadays have no idea how to jack their cars or change their tires. Everyone has some sort of roadside assistance program. and very few people do work on their own cars anymore.  Shoot, I have roadside assistance and I am afraid to work on my own car for anything but the most basic things.

But one of the first things my father taught me when learning how to drive was how to jack my car up and change my own tire – he wouldn’t let me drive the car if I didn’t know how to do it myself. And I think this is a good life lesson and good advice. Even if you never have to, if you can’t jack your car and change your own tire, you shouldn’t be able to drive.

Now, having said that, I know nothing about jacking the older vettes – I only have a C7, so my advice certainly applies to the latest generation (2014-2019, but I’ve heard that the jack locations are quite similar on on the Corvette C5 (1997-2004) and C6 (2005-2013) as well.  For non-Corvettes, this guide will still work, but make sure to identify the proper jacking locations on your vehicle.

One thing to note about the Corvette (since this is mainly a Corvette blog, after all) is that there are many jack points on it. Choosing the best procedure and support locations to lift your Corvette is going to depend on the project you’re working on.

And, of course, you definitely need to consider where you are – you should always jack your car on a flat hard surface and you should definitely put your vehicle in Park (for automatics) or First/Reverse (for manuals) and don’t forget to set the parking brake.

Materials Needed:

2-ton floor jack(s) with a 2.5″ saddle/pad
Cross beam adapter(s)
2-ton jack stands (2-4)
2-ton jack stands (2-4) Jack/lift pucks (2-4)

Optional – Chocking Wedge

Jacking location diagram
Jacking location diagram

Step 1 – Chock the front wheels

Before jacking your car, it’s very important to “chock” the wheels on the opposite end. What is “chocking”, you might ask? Basically, this means slipping some kind of blockage behind the tires to prevent the vehicle from rolling while you’re attempting to jack your car. People often use whatever they can get their hands on: cinder blocks, bricks, or even a small piece of 2×4 wood. But the safest way to “chock” your car is to use a chocking wedge.

Step 2 – Prepare the floor jack

Securely attach your cross beam adapter to your floor jack. This adapter will allow you to jack up your car at exactly the right spots. (This step may not always required for changing a tire, but definitely required if you’re looking to work under your car.) If you’re ever working under your car, using a floor jack alone or using another material other than a sturdy cross beam adapter is extremely dangerous to you AND your car. Not using a proper adapter may cause damage to other vehicle components because the weight-load is not being spread properly.

Cross Beam Adaptor
Cross Beam Adapter

Step 3 – Position the floor jack under the cross beam adapter

At this point, make sure that the pads of the adapter are in position to contact the support locations as you raise the jack.

Jack Adapter Pads
Align adapter pads to support locations

Step 4 – Jack up the car

You’re now free to slowly and carefully raise the vehicle.  Make sure that the pads are contacting the correct support areas and that no other components are being touched. Stop jacking when you have reached a height that allows for the installation of the jack stands.

 

Jack Adapter Pads Contact
Adapter pads in contact with exact support locations

Step 5 – Place jack stands

Align the jack stands under the cross beam adapter, directly corresponding with the preferred support locations currently aligned with the adapter pads.

 

Jack stand locations
Jack stand locations

Step 6 (sort of) – Install jack pads

At this time you can also (if you want) place jack stands on the two frame contact locations, which are slightly forward of the rear wheels. If you use these locations, be sure to use jack pucks at each location.

Step 7 – Rest the vehicle on the stands

Carefully and slowly lower the floor jack just enough, so that the jack stands bear the weight of the vehicle. You should still keep the floor jack attached, in place and in contact with the adapter assembly for added safety, but you don’t HAVE to do this.

If you follow these easy steps, you’ll be able to jack your car easily and safely – Read more of my maintenance tips here.

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