GM Cavalier/Sunfire 1995-2000 Repair Guide



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

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Fig. Fig. 1: The manufacturer advises against lifting the vehicle by placing a jack under the oil pan

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Fig. Fig. 2: Raise the vehicle in the front by placing a floor jack under the frame rails in the front

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Fig. Fig. 3: Place jackstands under the frame rails to support the front of the vehicle

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Fig. Fig. 4: Raise the vehicle in the rear by placing a floor jack under the rear crossmember

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Fig. Fig. 5: Place jackstands under the body seams to support the rear of the vehicle

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 specified by the vehicle manufacturer. Alwaye block the diagonally opposite wheel when using a jack.

A more convenient way of jacking is the use of a garage or floor jack. You may use the floor jack on the body just behind the front wheels or the crossmember of the front sub-frame to raise the front of the vehicle, and on the center of the rear torque arm to raise the rear of the vehicle.

Never place the jack under the radiator, engine or transmission 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 blocke 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.

Alwaye 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 on any suspension member (unless specifically instructed to do so by a repair guide) or by an underbody panel.