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    Best jacking / axle stand points

    The Haynes manual vaguely shows anindented lip on the chassis (Astra Mk3) as the best jacking point and adjacent to that as the best place for axle stands. However, after using that point for a year or so, I now have;
    · A dent under there where all the cars weight has been on the weld.
    · All the rubber anti rust paint has come off.
    I haven’t been happy with those jacking instructions for a while and have been using a protruding strengthened chassis area and the sub frame itself, (jack + axle stand).
    Is this better? Which parts can hold the most weight? Can the sub frame be used this way or will I cause damage? The rear is even more trouble as the sub frame / axle is at an angle.
    Cheers guys in advance.

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    i use the recommended (haynes manual) jacking points, with no issues. if the dent you've got is from the stands, I'd suggest you may have them positioned ever so slightly wrong. as for the rubbed off paint - how often do you jack the car up?! I have slightly rubbing, but nothing major bearing in mind even the newest Mk3's are 11 years old now, and mines now almost 14 years old!
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    Cheers Pete

    Its just thet the haynes manual has a line drawing that looks nothing like an actual car, so its guesswork really. I don't want to put a stand under anything that cant support the weight.

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    The jacking points are where the little dents in the cill are. Anywhere along the cill at the bottom will support the weight but best to use the proper places.

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    Yeah, i have been using those points to jack, but then when i want to put he stands there.......there is a jack in the way. To be honest, i am going to go support crazy and have both Jacks and axle stands. Cant be too Safe. Dont want to end up in the Darwin Awards.

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