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#1 (permalink) Old 03-04-2012, 12:35 PM
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Hi everyone. I am a new 2012 Kia Sorento owner. My Kia is an EX model, with
front wheel drive and the 3.5L V6 engine.

Where is the best place to put a hydraulic floor jack, to jack up the vehicle, in order
to rotate the tires?

I checked the Factory Service Manual, and it shows the locations under the sides of the vehicle
near each wheel for placing the vehicle on a lift, which it also says is the correct place
for using "safety supports", or jack stands.

But if I use those areas for my jack stands, I obviouly need another place to put my
floor jack, in order to raise the vehicle.

Any suggestions? Could I use the lower control arms or cross member in the front?
And maybe the suspenion arms in the rear that are under the coil springs?

Any help would be greatly appriciated!

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Can't you put it in the stock location for the jack?
You could use the hydraulic for one, and the car's own jack for the other.

That's what I'd do.

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You should NEVER work on a car when its only up on a jack!

Jacks can fail, and hydraulic jacks can leak, or slowly lower without you knowing it.

I always jack up my cars, and then place jack stands under them to support them
safely. I know its only changing the tires, but safety is always first.

Also, just imagine the damage that would be caused to the car if one of the jacks failed
if you had the wheels off!

No, what I am looking for is if anyone uses any of the suspension parts to jack up the
car before you put it on jack stands. I do this with my Jeep, and Chrysler 300C, but
I am new to Kia's and I wanted to make sure no one had any issues with doing this.

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I use 2 floor jacks for tire rotations,in the front I place the jack next to the tire on the a-frame and in the rear the control arms near the tires.Works great and is fast.On my Impala this is not practical so I made wooden adapters to fit between the floor jack and recommended jack points,not as easy as the Kia.

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I made wooden adapters to fit between the floor jack and recommended jack points,not as easy as the Kia.
x2 I did the same as you did with a piece of HARDWOOD "Oak" works great on all my cars...

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I used two jacks recently to check the suspension on my front passenger tire. I used the jack that came with the car to jack at the pinch weld, and used a secondary hydraulic jack to take some of the stress off of the pinch weld by jacking where the lower control arm is bolted to the subframe.
I wouldn't put a lot of the car's weight on this position, but on mine it didn't seem to make any difference whatsoever, no bending or warping that I could observe. The problem with jack stands along the edge where the pinch welds are is that if you have a rubber unibody adapter on top of your jack stand (which you should) the stupid plastic trim gets in the way and the stand won't fit properly.

I am happy with the technique I used for tire rotation, as with a tire rotation you should only have the car off the ground with no wheel for a small amount of time.
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I use 2 floor jacks for tire rotations,in the front I place the jack next to the tire on the a-frame and in the rear the control arms near the tires.Works great and is fast.On my Impala this is not practical so I made wooden adapters to fit between the floor jack and recommended jack points,not as easy as the Kia.
This is what I was looking for.

This is where I was going to place the floor jack, but before I did, I wanted to
make sure it wouldn't cause any damage.

If you guys are using these spots, then so will I!

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If you are not using it as workshop, then any taiwanese or china brand is good enough. Like what astroboy says, once you jacked up the car rest the car on stand. Not on jack, while working on cars.

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I would recommend using both the jack and a stand. Add the stand underneath, but do not remove the jack. That gives you two layers of protection.
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You should NEVER work on a car when its only up on a jack! I know its only changing the tires, but safety is always first.

Also, just imagine the damage that would be caused to the car if one of the jacks failed if you had the wheels off!
I think it's "Never work UNDER a car when... "

For tyre rotation, I use 2 jacks at the recommended positions on one side, which is convenient as I'm usually just swapping front/back. If a jack should fail, the other one will save the day. A single jack will just about lift both wheels off the ground. Easy job for two jacks.

I did have a jack fail once; a threaded section was made out of light alloy. The wheel was off but the lower arm hit the ground before the brake rotor.

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