Saturn Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1991-1998 Repair Guide

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' manual. Do not attempt to use the jack on any portions of the vehicle other than specified by the vehicle manufacturer. Always block the diagonally opposite wheel when using a jack.

A more convenient way of jacking is the use of a hydraulic garage or floor jack. You may use the floor jack to support the vehicle on the side members at the front or rear, the center of the rear crossmember assembly, or the trailing engine cradle. The engine cradle has been coated with a special finish to protect it.

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 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' 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 by any suspension member (unless specifically instructed to do so by a repair manual) or by an underbody panel.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Raise the front of the vehicle with a hydraulic jack and position the jackstand under the frame rail



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Fig. Fig. 2: Support the front of the vehicle with a jackstand positioned squarely under each frame rail



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Fig. Fig. 3: Raise the rear of the vehicle with a hydraulic jack positioned under the center member of the rear suspension



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Fig. Fig. 4: Support the rear of the vehicle with a jackstand positioned squarely under each outer bodyside pinch weld, just ahead of the rear wheels

 
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