Nissan Maxima 1993-1998 Repair Guide

JACKING

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See Figures 1 through 6

Never use the tire changing jack (the little jack supplied with the vehicle) for anything other than changing a flat out on the road. These jacks are simply not safe enough for any type of vehicle service except tire changing!

The service operations in this guide often require that one end or the other, or both, of the vehicle be raised and safely supported. For this reason a hydraulic floor jack of at least 1 1 / 2 ton capacity is as necessary as a spark plug socket to you, the do-it-yourself owner/mechanic. The cost of these jacks (invest in a good quality unit) is actually quite reasonable considering how they pay for themselves again and again over the years.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Raise the front of the vehicle with a floor jack beneath the front crossmember ...



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Fig. Fig. 2: ... and support the vehicle with jackstands beneath the body rails



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Fig. Fig. 3: Raise the rear of the vehicle with the jack under the rear suspension cross-support. Note the protrusion for jacking



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Fig. Fig. 4: Support the rear of the vehicle with jackstands beneath the rear suspension link pivots



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Fig. Fig. 5: The pantograph jack should only be used for changing a tire in an emergency; NEVER use this jack for servicing

Along with a hydraulic floor jack should be at least two sturdy jackstands. These are a necessity if you intend to work underneath the vehicle. Never work under the vehicle when it is only supported by a jack!

Drive-on ramps are an alternative method of raising the front end of the vehicle. They are commercially available or can be fabricated from heavy lumber or steel. Be sure to always block the wheels when using ramps.


CAUTION
NEVER use concrete cinder blocks to support the vehicle. They are likely to break if the load is not evenly distributed. They should never be trusted when you are under the vehicle!



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Fig. Fig. 6: Nissan's recommended jacking and safety stand points. The safety stand attachments are advisable to prevent slipping and underbody damage

 
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