Jacking Up The Car
|Project At A Glance|
|Est. Time||20 min.||Recommended Interval||n/a|
|Difficulty||1 of 5||Standard Tools||Jack, Jack Stands|
|First-Time Cost||$60 – $300||Special Tools||n/a|
|Subsequent Cost||$0||Service Manual Pages|
|Notes: Properly placing the car on jack stands is critical to safely working underneath.|
- If done properly, jacking up the NSX is safe and easy!
- Make sure the floor is solid and level and the parking brake is set securely.
- For extra safety (or if you forget to loosen the lug nuts), you can wedge a piece of wood between the seat pan and the brake pedal to engage the front brakes.
- Check your jack and stands to make sure they’re in good working order and the stands are set level.
1. Illustration of jack and jack stand points underneath car
2. Photo of jack and jack stands positioned
along side the car
- The mid-jack point is located just in front of the door seam (as shown above).
- If you plan to be remove the wheels, loosen the lug nuts slightly before proceeding. If you forget, there’s a workaround – see below.
- Double-check the parking brake (make sure it’s set)
- Smoothly start jacking up the car until it will clear the height of the jack stands.
- Make sure the jack stands are both set to the same height and are secure.
- Position the stands so the jack stand points underneath the car will make contact in the center of the stands.
- Slowly lower the jack, keeping an eye on the stands and contact points. You may have to re-position the stands slightly to keep the points centered.
3. Side View – Passenger side supported by
4. Rear View – Passenger side supported by
- Repeat steps 4-7 for the other side of the car
- If you need to remove the wheels and forgot to loosen the lug nuts before jacking up the car, you can engage the front brakes if you didn’t already do so
5. Holding the brake pedal with a piece of wood
6. Car fully supported by jack stands