I have a Mark 8 2006 (european) honda civic hatchback (1.8L petrol), sold to me by a friend a year ago. It has no crossmember behind the radiator mounting, and consequently I inadvertantly lifted it by the (lower) radiator mounting frame crossmember when changing the oil for the first time, under the impression I had found the crossmember jacking point.1 Moreover I was not the first person to make the mistake (the crossmember was already somewhat deformed).
Thus I borrowed a friend's drive, put the car on stands and took the plastic off to bend the radiator frame back and find the subframe crossmember. There is no crossmember at all, and no frame (that I can see) running down the sides of the engine. Should there be one? I was expecting to see a frame assembly with crossmember across the front looking something like this:
Here is what I do see:
Annoyingly I didn't take any photos looking backwards from the bumper. Oil is overspray from removing a stubborn bolt when taking off the plastic.
Should there be a subframe assembly with crossmember here? (If so: does it have another name?) This car is supposedly stock, but there are reasons to think the dealer my friend bought it from was not exactly perfect in every regard. If not, can I lift by the frame/subframe behind the engine?
[This may be too vehicle-specific a question for SE in which case I'll take it elsewhere.]
1 The radiator is (as far as I can tell) suspended on another frame from the top frame member, but the lower had risen far enough to make shutting the bonnet harder.