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jack under hitch

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jeremy_283, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. Jan 15, 2009 at 8:54 AM
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    jeremy_283

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    its right there, easy to get to, can i just put my jack under my class 4 hitch to jack up the rear end of my truck to change my shocks? or are there other good points to lift on? actually, i can compress the rear struts by hand, you think i might be able to get away with just changing my rear struts without jacking up my rear end at all?
     
  2. Jan 15, 2009 at 9:14 AM
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    WoadWunner

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    Don't use the hitch, it will become a pivot point that will become unbalanced when you remove a wheel or pull on a shock. The smart way is to use the recommended jacking points for changing a tire and put a jack stand under the axle. Then do the same on the other side. That will provide you with a nice stable platform to work on.
     
  3. Jan 15, 2009 at 9:34 AM
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    the rear struts dont support anything do they really, so could i just switch em without jackin anything up?
     
  4. Jan 15, 2009 at 9:48 AM
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    yep you can do that in the rear although you may have to compress the new ones more to install them. can be done though
     
  5. Jan 15, 2009 at 9:51 AM
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    It's gonna be a lot easier to get in there with the wheels off. But it would be possible.
     
  6. Jan 15, 2009 at 10:29 AM
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    x2... much easier with the wheel off.
     
  7. Jan 15, 2009 at 11:01 AM
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    You can do one side at a time, just put the wheel under the truck where if the jack fails, the truck can't fall far and falls on the wheel.
     
  8. Jan 15, 2009 at 11:05 AM
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  9. Jan 15, 2009 at 12:43 PM
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    What he said. Even with a wheel under the truck it can fall hard enough and fast enough to kill you. Get proper jack stands before EVER getting under a vehicle.
     
  10. Jan 15, 2009 at 1:58 PM
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  11. Jan 15, 2009 at 3:55 PM
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    Its no fun pulling a corpse out from under a brake drum that has crushed a chest cavity.
     
  12. Jan 15, 2009 at 3:57 PM
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    An Air Traffic Controller I used to work with was killed when his car fell on him after he jacked it up and didn't put jackstands under the car...
     
  13. Jan 15, 2009 at 4:10 PM
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    Anybody else thinking about crawling under an unsupported truck while balanced on a jack, would you please tape this above where your legs will be sticking out.

    Dear EMT/Fire rescue
    Please take care in removing my corpse because I am willing my truck to my Good Buddy Snipe and he doesn't want it scratched.

    ______________ <---- sign and date it
     
  14. Jan 15, 2009 at 6:00 PM
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    you really don't need to get right under the truck to do the shocks, with the wheel off its all pretty open.
     
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