Chrysler Cirrus/Stratus/Sebring/Avenger/Breeze 1995-1998

JACKING

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Your vehicle was supplied with a jack for emergency road repairs. This jack is fine for changing a flat tire or other short term procedures not requiring you to go beneath the vehicle. If it is used in an emergency situation, carefully follow the instructions provided either with the jack or in your owner's manual. Do not attempt to use the jack on any portions of the vehicle other than those specified by the vehicle manufacturer. Always block the diagonally opposite wheel when using a jack.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Jacking instructions for the manufacturer-supplied jack, as well as the contact points, are explained and illustrated in the owner's manual and inside the spare tire cover



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Fig. Fig. 2: To avoid scuffing or distorting the wheel cover, use the small prying end of the lug wrench for removal



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Fig. Fig. 3: Using the vehicle's combination jack crank/lug nut tool, loosen, but do not remove the lug nuts with the wheel still on the ground



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Fig. Fig. 4: When utilizing the vehicle's emergency jack, always make sure it is properly positioned under the pointed location at each corner pinch weld



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Fig. Fig. 5: Always make sure that the vehicle is parked on a level surface with the emergency brake applied when utilizing the emergency jack

A more convenient way of jacking is the use of a garage or floor jack. On Sebring coupe and Avenger models, you may use the floor jack to raise the front of the vehicle by placing the jack under the jacking pad located on the front centermember of the vehicle. After raising the vehicle, be sure to place jackstands between the two notches at the body pinch weld on each side to safely support the vehicle. On Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring convertible and Breeze models, you may use the floor jack to raise the front of the vehicle by placing the jack under the jacking pad located at the front of the unibody frame rail, just behind each front wheel well. After raising the vehicle, be sure to place jackstands under the frame rails to safely support the vehicle. To raise the rear of all vehicles covered by this guide, place the floor jack under the center of the rear crossmember, then place jackstands under each unibody frame rail.



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Fig. Fig. 6: To raise the rear, place the contact pad of a hydraulic floor jack at the center point of the rear suspension crossmember



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Fig. Fig. 7: Safely suspend the rear wheels from the ground by placing jackstands under each unibody frame rail



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Fig. Fig. 8: Safely suspend the front wheels above the ground by placing jackstands under each unibody frame rail-Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring convertible and Breeze

Never place the jack under the radiator, engine or transaxle components. Severe and expensive damage will result when the jack is raised. Additionally, never jack under the floorpan or bodywork; the metal will deform.

Whenever you plan to work under the vehicle, you must support it on jackstands or ramps. Never use cinder blocks or stacks of wood to support the vehicle, even if you're only going to be under it for a few minutes. Never crawl under the vehicle when it is supported only by the tire changing jack or other floor jack.

Always position a block of wood or small rubber pad on top of the jack or jackstand to protect the lifting point's finish when lifting or supporting the vehicle.

Small hydraulic, screw, or scissors jacks are satisfactory for raising the vehicle. Drive-on trestles or ramps are also a handy and safe way to both raise and support the vehicle. Be careful though, some ramps may be too steep to drive your vehicle onto without scraping the front bottom panels. Never support the vehicle beneath any suspension member (unless specifically instructed to do so by a repair manual) or by an underbody panel.

 
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