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Safely Jacking Up and Supporting Your 2002
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Safely Jacking Up and Supporting Your 2002

Steve Vernon

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

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Tools:

2-ton jack, jack stands, jack pad tool, wheel chocks, safety glasses

Applicable Models:

BMW E10 2002 Coupe/Conv (1967-76)
BMW E10 2002tii Coupe (1971-74)
BMW E21 320i Coupe (1977-83)

Hot Tip:

Stack the wheels under the car as an added safety measure

Performance Gain:

Starting point for all work underneath the car

Complementary Modification:

Check front & rear suspension bushings

About one-third of all tasks that you need to perform on your 2002 require it to be raised off of the ground. Simple enough for the experienced mechanic, the procedure of lifting a 2,000-pound car can be a bit unnerving for the amateur. In this project, I'll start out by showing you the best places to jack your car up and how to support it while you're working on it.

First, let's talk a bit about safety. Haphazard use of a floor jack can result in some pretty significant and expensive damage to you or your car. Before you begin raising the car, make sure that you have the wheels of the car blocked so that it can't roll. It's also wise to have your parking brake on as well and the car placed in first gear. You should always use jack stands in pairs to support the car--not simply the floor jack. Even if you are only lifting the car up for a few minutes, make sure that you place an emergency jack stand loosely underneath the transmission, motor, or rear differential just in case the floor jack fails.

Before you begin jacking up the car, make sure that all four wheels are carefully chocked and that the car is on a level surface. Keep in mind that if you raise up the rear of the car, the emergency brake no longer works (it works only on the two rearmost wheels of the car). If you place the car in park (automatic transmissions), it will only lock the rear wheels. Place a few 2x4 pieces of wood in front of each of the wheels to make sure that the car will not roll anywhere when you lift it up off of the ground.

Safety is of paramount importance here. Never work under the car with it suspended simply by the jack--always use jack stands. Always use a backup jack stand wherever you place your primary jack stands. One tiny flaw located in the casting process can lead to a jack stand breaking and having the car fall on top of you. If you are going to remove the wheels from the car, be sure that you loosen the lug nuts before you lift the car off the ground, otherwise the wheels will spin and you will have a difficult time getting the lug nuts off. Take the wheels and stack them in pairs underneath the car--this is an added measure of safety in case something fails

Once you have the car up in the air and supported on the jack stands, push on the car and see if it is unstable on the jack stands. If the car moves at all, you do not have it properly supported. It is far better for the car to fall off the jack stands while you are pushing on it than when you are underneath it. Really try to knock it off the jack stands--you want to make sure that it's perfectly stable. Set the floor jack underneath the engine or transmission while you're working as yet another backup support. Again, it's a wise idea to set up a spare jack stand or two as a precautionary measure against one of them failing.

When you are ready to lower the car, be aware of where you are placing your floor jack. Sometimes you will not be able to easily remove the jack when the car is lowered, or the jack handle may crush or damage part of the chassis or something else on the way down. Proceed very slowly and also be aware that some floor jacks release very quickly. Also be careful to place the car in gear, or to engage the parking brake before you lower it. The car may have a tendency to roll away right after its put back on the ground.

Buy and use a good jack and proper jack stands.
Figure 1

Buy and use a good jack and proper jack stands. This is the best jack I have ever used. While you do not need to purchase this jack you should never use the jack provided with the car unless it is in road side emergencies.

We are lucky that our project car is the Clarion Build's BMW 2002 and is in pristine condition.
Figure 2

We are lucky that our project car is the Clarion Build's BMW 2002 and is in pristine condition. Whether your car is in show condition or not is no reason not to scratch or mar the paint on the underside. I like to place a hockey puck between my jack and jack point to avoid the metal on metal contact.

When lifting one side of the vehicle make sure you chock the wheels on the opposite side with 2X4's both in front and behind the wheel (red arrows).
Figure 3

When lifting one side of the vehicle make sure you chock the wheels on the opposite side with 2X4's both in front and behind the wheel (red arrows). If you are lifting the front or rear make sure to chock all the wheels you are not lifting. Remember, if you lift the rear of the car the parking brake will not long have any effect on holding the car.

Never lift the 2002 from the factory jack points as there is a very good chance this area is no longer structurally sound.
Figure 4

Never lift the 2002 from the factory "jack points" as there is a very good chance this area is no longer structurally sound. Lifting the car from this point can lead to all kinds of un-pleasantry including damage to the body of both yourself and the 2002. Always lift the vehicle from the forward part of the frame rails (yellow arrow). Do not lift from the rear part of the rail as this is also a weak area. Only lift the vehicle high enough (red arrow) to place jack stands under it (yellow arrow). Once it is securely on the jack stands you can move to the other side and jack it up. If you need to lift the vehicle higher do it side to side, lifting each side in small amounts.

With the 2002 up on a lift you can see the area where it is safe to lift and support the vehicle.
Figure 5

With the 2002 up on a lift you can see the area where it is safe to lift and support the vehicle. You can lift from the forward section of the frame rails (red arrows) and support the vehicle by the cross member (yellow arrows).

On the rear it is the same thing; never lift from the factory jack points but you can use the suspension pick up points just in front of the wheel well (yellow arrow).
Figure 6

On the rear it is the same thing; never lift from the factory "jack points" but you can use the suspension pick up points just in front of the wheel well (yellow arrow).

With the 2002 up on a lift you can see the areas where you can safely lift and support the car from.
Figure 7

With the 2002 up on a lift you can see the areas where you can safely lift and support the car from. The suspension pick up points (red arrows), the cross member (green arrows) and for lifting only the rear differential (yellow arrow). Remember, once you have the car up and on jack stands really try and shake it off to make sure it is secure before you get under it. If you remove the wheels slide them under the car for additional protection.


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