BMW Coupes and Sedans 1970-1988 Repair Guide

JACKING

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See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Do not use the tire changing jack to work on the vehicle. Use a hydraulic floor jack rated for the weight of the vehicle. BMW supplies a wheel chock with each vehicle. Use the wheel chock whenever raising the car.

The vehicle should be jacked up only using the factory jacking points. The jacking points along the rocker panel are marked with indentations in the metal. Chock the wheel opposite the corner being raised. Pad the jack saddle with a rubber pad or a block of wood. Use jackstands to support the car. Do not go under the car with the car supported only by the jack.



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Fig. Fig. 1: When jacking the front of the vehicle, lift from the center of the subframe. Do not jack from the oil pan



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Fig. Fig. 2: When jacking the rear of the vehicle, lift the center of the frame section. Do not jack under the differential



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Fig. Fig. 3: When supporting the front of the vehicle on jackstands, use the lift point behind the front wheel



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Fig. Fig. 4: When supporting the rear of the vehicle, position a block of wood between the jackstand and control arm mount



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Fig. Fig. 5: Closeup of correct rear jackstand positioning

On most BMW vehicles, the jacking points for a garage jack are located directly below the openings for the tire changing jack and are raised platforms on the underside of the body.


CAUTION
The car must be secure on the jack and the jackstands at all times during the lifting phase or when stationary. If the car is not stable and secure, the car may fall, damaging the vehicle and causing personal injury or death.

 
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