Subaru Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1985-1996 Repair Guide

Floor Jack


See Figures 1, 2 and 3

When jacking up the front of the car using a floor jack always use the front crossmember as the contact point, never a suspension or steering part and never the engine oil pan. Always block the rear of the back wheels, and always use a block of wood between the saddle of the jack and the crossmember.

When jacking up the rear of the car using a floor jack, place blocks in front of the front wheels and always place the jack in contact with the center of the rear crossmember. On four wheel drive models contact the bottom of the rear differential carrier.

Always jack slowly until the car is high enough to place the safety stands in their proper positions. The safety stands should be placed in the same location points as shown for the scissors type jack. Make sure the stands are set on the flange of the side sill.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Raising the front of the vehicle at the crossmember with a floor jack

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Fig. Fig. 2: Lifting points when using a floor jack

Never work under a vehicle that is supported by a jack alone. Always use jackstands.
Never use cinder blocks or stacks of wood, even if you are only going to be under the vehicle for a few minutes.
Drive-on trestles or ramps are also handy and a safe way to both raise and support the vehicle.

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Fig. Fig. 3: Lifting the rear of an All Wheel Drive (AWD) model by the differential