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How to raise the car higher than the jack stands will allow?

You could always look into jack stands that are typically used for heavy duty trucks and semis. One time I had a lifted truck I had to go to Northern Tool and purchase high reaction jack stands: ...
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jacking up a car on "grass paving block" - how to secure jack and supports?

I typically use a piece of solid wood large enough to completely fit under the jackstand. Here in the States it would most likely be a piece of 2"x8" or 2"x10" board. I don't know ...
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How to raise the car higher than the jack stands will allow?

Wood. It's plenty strong. Cut some 2x6 or 2x8 and stack them accordingly. This is the most cost effective way to solve your problem. The only danger you will encounter is if you used rotten wood. I ...
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Is it OK practice to start a car while it's on jackstands?

The jack points of a motor vehicle are the design locations to allow one to lift the vehicle without creating undue stress in inappropriate locations. This is done for service lifts for the purposes ...
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Can the car jack get adjusted?

The gear mechanism skipped a tooth. It's likely broken and dangerous to use. Such jacks are quite cheap; in Norway they are available for 20-25USD, so I would simply pick up a new one, or raise a ...
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How to raise the car higher than the jack stands will allow?

Hydraulic car ramps are a great option if you can source them. They give oodles of clearance by lifting the wheels themselves. You have to drive the wheels into them before using the hydraulic pump ...
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Is it OK practice to start a car while it's on jackstands?

If a vehicle is supported correctly via jack stands, I wouldn't have a problem starting the vehicle. The main thing you need to worry about with the knuckles and front suspension not is place is, ...
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Can I jack up the front of my car on the lower control arm near the ball joint without damaging anything? (Honda Civic EM2)

Yes, you can lift from this point without any damage to the ball joint. The ball joint itself is pressing into itself. It is very strong in this direction. It's strong in the other direction as well, ...
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How to raise the car higher than the jack stands will allow?

The safest method to increase the jack height without purchasing more equipment is to work in a level surface that provides a natural "grease pit" environment. Assuming you only need more room to ...
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How to raise the car higher than the jack stands will allow?

Adding this as an additional answer since I was reminded of it after seeing Zaid's answer. Hydraulic lift jacks are fairly pricey so I always wondered of an alternative and there is an item that has ...
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Is it safe to place wood between a car and a jack stand?

This is a good recommendation The wood will compress a bit when you lower your car down onto it. The jack stand will dig into the wood as well. The benefits related to this related to the vehicle ...
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Safe way to get a few more inches under car on flat surface

You're not likely to be able to get inches by over inflating the tires, and if you try you're likely to exceed the design pressure and run the risk of popping the tire off of the rim. That would be ...
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Is it safe to place wood between a car and a jack stand?

It is ABSOLUTELY safe. I do this all the time. Mind you I usually use a piece of 2x4, though. It spreads the load over more of the frame or body and keeps the jack stand from doing any damage. The ...
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jacking up a car on "grass paving block" - how to secure jack and supports?

Your problem is a dangerous one. I am very strict with jackstand safety because I'm old and have seen too much. Plywood is definitely out. 2X12 are better, but any give in the soil beneath can cause ...
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Is it safe to place wood between a car and a jack stand?

I'm going to take a different approach to this. As pictured, it's perfectly safe, and sometimes recommended to spread out the pressure to avoid damage. However, I've also seen a pile of wood used to ...
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Safe way to get a few more inches under car on flat surface

I have in the past used the spare wheel laid flat to support a car after lifting it with the jack. especially when working on a dirt surface. another trick is to drive one wheel up onto the curb, or ...
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Is my working area safe?

No, I do not think your setup looks safe. Practical recommendations first, though: I think that ramps are a good idea. I have some that I like very much made of very heavy duty plastic. They have a ...
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Safe way to get a few more inches under car on flat surface

Ramps, like these; it's what they're made for. Just be sure to block the wheels to keep the car from rolling back down. I think the top platform has a small lip/depression to keep the wheel in place, ...
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Safe jack / jack stand points for 2002 Ford Focus

Jackstand points on that car should be placed on the pinch welds near the door. underneath the car toward the front. Where to properly jack up and support a car In that video he explains how to do ...
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Jacking up a Mk1 Ford Focus around its pinch welds

Every contemporary vehicle which I have had to elevate had the body style shown in your images. The jack mechanism also matched the pinch weld for each vehicle. Additionally, for an electric vehicle ...
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Is it ok to use a scissor jack instead of a floor jack?

When I was doing drag racing, one guy on our bulletin board died because his jack failed. This stuff does happen and the risk is real. As everyone said before: Use jack stands, and if you don't have ...
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How to verify the safety of a lift for a full sized pickup?

What I do if I'm not sure about the vehicle being stable way up there is: gently nudge the vehicle side to side using only the strength from your wrists. Kind of like when you're checking if a door ...
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Is it OK practice to start a car while it's on jackstands?

I'd like to add that the cheap stamped metal type of jackstands available at the automotive discount stores fail an order of magnitude easier than the beefy cast iron jackstands. It also helps to have ...
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jacking up a car on "grass paving block" - how to secure jack and supports?

Once the load is applied to the jack stands and keeping the jack there, supporting the car too, you might be surprised to see that even on grass, it won't go anywhere. Honestly, I would be more ...
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Supporting motor with wooden block?

Generally you put the block on top of the jack - This means the weight of the engine is spread of the relatively large area of the block, rather than the much smaller area of the head of the jack, ...
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How to verify the safety of a lift for a full sized pickup?

Perhaps I will get some heat for my opinion but I do not like the shown jack stands. I have a (totally unfounded) fear that I could hit the lever with my feet and the stand collapses, that the locking ...
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Safe jack / jack stand points for 2002 Ford Focus

Here are the places that you can place the jack on: Happy Motoring!!
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Does a pair of "2 ton" axle stands support 2 tons together or they each support 2 tons?

It depends. It is not safe to assume that jack stands/axle stands are rated one way or another in all cases. There are cases where the weight rating is for the pair, such as these Craftsman jack ...
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Is it safe to place wood between a car and a jack stand?

It’s probably safe - if you make sure the grain of the wood is aligned perpendicularly to any small pressure points - for example, the recommended jack points on most cars. Otherwise, it’s at risk of ...
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Need a low height low clearance jack stand for 08 Toyota Yaris

Not sure where you are located, but a set of ramps may be the best solution for you. You can either make some (as described above) or there are generally some for purchase which are probably a little ...
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