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Jacking Your Vehicle
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Jacking Your Vehicle

Nick Czerula

Time:

0.5 hour

Tab:

$200

Talent:

**

Tools:

Floor jack, jack stands, wheel chocks, safety glasses

Applicable Models:

Saab 9-3 2.0T (2006-07)

Parts Required:

Jack pads

Hot Tip:

Work on a solid level surface

Performance Gain:

Ability to service components beneath vehicle

Complementary Modification:

Replace missing or broken jack pads

Repairing your own vehicle may be a satisfying way of learning about it and may also save you considerable money. When engaging in automotive repairs, learn certain basic procedures and safety protocols in order to be able to complete the repair tasks safely and efficiently. Among the routine safety procedures to learn are:

Shutting off the engine and removing the ignition key so that no one can accidentally start the vehicle while you are working on it.

Disconnecting the battery and insulating the battery cables so that they cannot accidentally reconnect to the battery. I explain this in a separate tech article on battery replacement

Lifting the vehicle safely using a jack and jack stands. That is the topic I cover in this article.

Jacking and supporting your Saab 93 off the ground is required for many maintenance and repair tasks. A common but not so difficult job, it still creates a bit of anxiety in the mind of the experienced mechanic as well as the amateur. A repeatable process with safety in mind can ease the nerves. For example, always work on level solid ground. Use tools you trust, and never rush the job. Remember to block the wheels to prevent unwanted vehicle movement. Use a good quality jack and jack stands, and don't be afraid to add an additional jack stand or support under the vehicle.

Remember that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

When jacking the front of your vehicle, place the transmission in Park and apply the parking brake, along with blocking the wheels with a chock. When jacking the rear of your vehicle, you do not have the transmission or parking brake to keep the front wheels from rolling. Use wheel chocks on the right and left front wheels (in front and behind the tires).

Saab 93 models have 4 solid plastic jacking pads, slightly behind the front wheels and slightly in front of the rear wheels (red arrows).
Figure 1

Saab 93 models have 4 solid plastic jacking pads, slightly behind the front wheels and slightly in front of the rear wheels (red arrows). The location of each is marked by an embossed arrow on the body (green arrow).

The jack pads are designed to support the vehicle from below when using a hoist, hydraulic jack, or when changing a tire in an emergency situation.
Figure 2

The jack pads are designed to support the vehicle from below when using a hoist, hydraulic jack, or when changing a tire in an emergency situation. This is where you will place a jack stand to support the vehicle when working with the vehicle raised (red arrow). The location of each is marked by an embossed arrow on the body (green arrow). If a jack pad is missing, replace it before jacking the vehicle. Otherwise body damage can occur. To jack the vehicle, park the vehicle on level solid ground. If removing a wheel, loosen the wheel studs before jacking the vehicle. Install wheel chocks to block the wheels that are not being jacked. This will help to keep the vehicle from unexpectedly rolling. Do not assume the parking brake or transmission will hold the vehicle. Wheel chocks are a must.

Jacking front of vehicle: When jacking the front of the vehicle, block the rear wheels.
Figure 3

Jacking front of vehicle: When jacking the front of the vehicle, block the rear wheels. When using a hydraulic floor jack to lift the front of the vehicle, place the hydraulic floor jack under the square subframe support (green arrow). Raise the vehicle slowly while monitoring the jack and vehicle position. Once you reach the desired height, install the jack stand at the proper jack pad locations (red arrow) to support the vehicle. Slowly lower the vehicle onto the jack stand until the full vehicle weight is supported. Check that the jack stand is not tilting or moving when the vehicle is lowered. When lowering your vehicle, raise it off the jack stands. Remove the jack stands from beneath the vehicle and slowly lower the vehicle to the ground. Make sure all tools and parts are clear before lowering your vehicle.

Jacking front of vehicle: When jacking the front of your vehicle, you can jack on the square subframe support (reinforcement) as shown previously, indicated here by a blue arrow.
Figure 4

Jacking front of vehicle: When jacking the front of your vehicle, you can jack on the square subframe support (reinforcement) as shown previously, indicated here by a blue arrow. Note the position of the jack and jack stand (green arrows) using this method. If you need to jack the front axle at one time, you can also jack on the front subframe (red arrows). Just be sure your jack has a wide enough support to firmly support the subframe size and shape. If you are unsure of using the suggested jacking points, I suggest checking you owner's manual and the most current Saab repair information.

Jacking rear of vehicle: When jacking the rear of your vehicle, you will have to jack one side at a time, using the rear suspension to body connecting point as the jacking point.
Figure 5

Jacking rear of vehicle: When jacking the rear of your vehicle, you will have to jack one side at a time, using the rear suspension to body connecting point as the jacking point. This area is located in front of the rear wheel behind the body trim (blue arrow). The jack stand will go on the plastic jack pad (red arrow).

Jacking rear of vehicle: This photo shows the jack in place, lifting the vehicle using the rear suspension to body connection (green arrow).
Figure 6

Jacking rear of vehicle: This photo shows the jack in place, lifting the vehicle using the rear suspension to body connection (green arrow). If you have room for your jack and jack stand, you can also jack on the reinforced body box section indicated by the red arrow. Keep in mind, to jack here, you will need enough clearance for the jack stand to move into place once the vehicle is jacked up.

Jacking rear of vehicle: When using a hydraulic floor jack to lift the rear of the vehicle, place the hydraulic floor jack under the rear suspension to body connection (green arrow), raising one side at a time.
Figure 7

Jacking rear of vehicle: When using a hydraulic floor jack to lift the rear of the vehicle, place the hydraulic floor jack under the rear suspension to body connection (green arrow), raising one side at a time. Once one side is supported by a jack stand, raise the opposite side. Raise the vehicle slowly while monitoring the jack and vehicle position. Once you reach the desired height, install the jack stand (red arrow) at the jack pad locations to support the vehicle. Slowly lower the vehicle onto the jack stands until the full vehicle weight is supported. Check that the jack stand is not tilting or moving when the vehicle is lowered. When lowering your vehicle, raise it off the jack stands. Remove the jack stands from beneath the vehicle and slowly lower the vehicle to the ground. Make sure all tools and parts are clear before lowering your vehicle.

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June 9, 2016
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