[Vwdiesel] Alternate Jack Locations
Doyt W. Echelberger
doyt at buckeye-express.com
Fri Aug 10 12:04:16 EDT 2007
At 10:55 AM 8/10/2007, you wrote:
>..... 1982 Rabbit,..... alternate jacking locations with mechanic floor jack
>and also with some more portable jack if a flat tire occurs while on
.....................5 years ago I sent a 1982 Jetta diesel to the salvage
yard, partially for the same problem, both sides. It finally had a failed
engine, or I'd have kept it in service. But near the end of its life I
lifted it with a floor jack under the A frames in front and under sturdy
rear suspension elements. Be careful of E-brake cables and various fluid
lines. I'd consider using a wooden pad/board between the jack cup and the
suspension element if you can find substantial purchase points. And
carry/use an adjustable jack stand and maybe even a spare wheel under the
frame as extra safety measures.
I'll just tell you what I do....... carry a 30 pound floor jack rated for 2
tons, to change wheels on my 76 VW bus or my 84 Rabbit or my 85 Jetta TD.
On the bus I use the front axle beam or the rear swing axle beams. I also
carry a 2 inch by 8 inch wooden plank about 2 feet long, to support the
jack on soft or uneven surfaces. And I carry a breaker bar and the correct
sockets to take off the lug nuts if they are stuck. AND I carry a two foot
iron pipe extension to add to the leverage of the breaker bar if necessary.
This stuff is probably better and safer than the factory wind-up toy.
>Also, many thanks for the help with a recent IP switch out. I did a
>pull start and had it going in about 50 feet. After repairing a glow
>plug fuse, the glow plugs now get it going.
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