Ford Mustang/Capri 1979-1988 Repair Guide



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Fig. Fig. 1: Positioning of scissors-type jack

Your car is equipped with either a scissors-type jack or a bumper jack. The scissors-type jack is placed under the side of the car so that it fits into the notch in the vertical rocker panel flange nearest the wheel to be changed. These jacking notches are located approximately 8 inches from the wheel opening on the rocker panel flanges. Bumper jack slots or flats are provided on the front and rear bumpers. Be sure the jack is inserted firmly and is straight before raising the vehicle.

When raising the car with a scissors-type or bumper jack follow these precautions: Park the car on a firm, level spot and put the gear selector in P (PARK) with an automatic transmission or in R (REVERSE) if your car has a manual transmission. Apply the parking brake and block the front and back of the wheel that is diagonally opposite the wheel being changed. These jacks are fine for changing a tire, but never crawl under the car when it is supported only by the jack.

If you are going to work beneath the vehicle, always support it on jackstands or ramps.