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Jacking Up and Supporting Your Vehicle
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Jacking Up and Supporting Your Vehicle

Kerry Jonsson

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$10

Talent:

*

Tools:

Jack, jack stands

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W211 (2003-09)

Parts Required:

Jack pads if missing

Hot Tip:

Be on a level surface, make sure car in park or in gear (if manual trans), set emergency brake and chock tires opposite end of vehicle that's being jacked up

Performance Gain:

To gain access under the car for repair work

Complementary Modification:

Replace jack pad area if damaged

     In order to do work underneath the vehicle you will need to raise and support it to give you more room. Anytime you're working under your car, be sure to wear safety glasses. Also when working on a car's front or rear suspension you will need to lift the car to remove suspension components. There are a few things to remember before jacking up your vehicle. You should jack up your vehicle on paved surfaces only. The ground should be flat and level. If it is your driveway remember jack stands can dig in your paved driveway. You may want to use plywood to protect your pavement. Also, have a wheel chock handy to help prevent the car from rolling forward or backwards while jacking it up. If lifting the front of your vehicle you can apply the parking brake to hold the car still as well.

     In this tech article we will go over all the steps to jack up the sides, front and rear of the vehicle.
ThisPicture illustrates the right side of the vehicle.
Figure 1

ThisPicture illustrates the right side of the vehicle. There are two jack points (green arrows) on each side.

ThisPicture illustrates the right side front jack pad (green arrow).
Figure 2

ThisPicture illustrates the right side front jack pad (green arrow).

ThisPicture illustrates the right side rear jack pad (green arrow).
Figure 3

ThisPicture illustrates the right side rear jack pad (green arrow).

ThisPicture illustrates the left side front jack pad (green arrow).
Figure 4

ThisPicture illustrates the left side front jack pad (green arrow).

Figure 5

ThisPicture illustrates the left side rear jack pad (green arrow)

If you are jacking up the entire rear axle you can position your jack under the rear differential (green arrow) and jack up the entire rear of the car from here.
Figure 6

If you are jacking up the entire rear axle you can position your jack under the rear differential (green arrow) and jack up the entire rear of the car from here.

ThisPicture illustrates the right side front jack pad being used to jack up the right side of the vehicle.
Figure 7

ThisPicture illustrates the right side front jack pad being used to jack up the right side of the vehicle. Note how the rear of the car comes up off the ground as well. Apply the parking brake to hold the left rear wheel still. As an added measure of safety put two wheel chocks, one in front of the front tire and one in the rear of the front tire, to prevent the vehicle from rolling.

If working underneath the car you should always use jack stands.
Figure 8

If working underneath the car you should always use jack stands. Here I am positioning the jack stand to support the front suspension sub-frame (red arrow). Notice the position of the jack (green arrow) in the background off to the left. Be careful to put the jack stand directly on the sub-frame and not the lower engine cover. If you put the jack stand under the lower engine cover you will not be able to remove the lower engine cover. ThisPicture illustrates the jack stand directly on the sub-frame and not on the lower engine cover. You can duplicate this step on the left side of the vehicle. Jack up the vehicle slowly while watching vehicle and jack location.

ThisPicture illustrates the right side rear jack pad.
Figure 9

ThisPicture illustrates the right side rear jack pad. Some jobs require lifting only one side of the vehicle at a time, such as rotating your tires. If you need to lift the entire side of your vehicle off the ground you can install a jack stand on the right rear jack pad at this time while jacking up the car up from the front jack pad. Do not attempt to jack up the car from the other side with one side already jacked up supported. The body can twist and rotate the supported side off of the jack stands. If you need to jack up the entire vehicle jack one axle up first then the other axle.

If you are jacking up the front of the car, you should apply the parking brake (green arrow).
Figure 10

If you are jacking up the front of the car, you should apply the parking brake (green arrow).

If you were jacking up the rear of the car, you should put a wheel chock on the front wheel on both sides of the tires to prevent the car from rolling in either direction.
Figure 11

If you were jacking up the rear of the car, you should put a wheel chock on the front wheel on both sides of the tires to prevent the car from rolling in either direction.

You can roll your jack underneath the front of the front sub-frame.
Figure 12

You can roll your jack underneath the front of the front sub-frame. You can jack anywhere within this highlighted area.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Tim Comments: Are there any adaptors to fit the jack point rectangular shape to the top of the shallow U shape of the jack stand? I just don't like the way it looks to have the jank stand half in the back point.
May 9, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not aware of any adapters. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help find a solution. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Paragon Comments: This article states it related for the w211 but its not its based on an earlier model.
April 1, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The article is for W211 4-matic. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Doc Comments: I think it would be a good idea if you showed how to jack up the front and rear of the model W212 which is the current model of the "E" class since working on almost every car involves getting it "up in the air" otherwise the bulk of working on any car is not doable without that piece of information and by the time you folks get this info on your website the W213 will be out. I need to do a full rear brake job on my 2010 E350, how do I raise both rear wheels so I can change out my parking brakes as well as the regular brake pads.
January 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff:
We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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