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S60 Car jack supporting points

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S60 Car jack supporting points

Postby volvo_user » 05 Dec 2009, 23:24

I had a strange problem when I tried to change my tires to snow tires. I had no problem chnaging 3 tires (driver side front and rear, passenger side rear). I used the regular car jack that comes with my S60. The supporting point for the car jack on my 2004 S60T is almost in the middle of the car. I am 100% sure that the jack is on the front supporting point (because I did that 3 times). But it always raise the back of the car. I cannot get the front wheel off the ground. I think this may be because there is not enough weight on the back. I have almost an empty tank of gas this time. So I put two of the summer tires in the trunk. But still I cannot get the front wheel off the gound. I then had to back out my car partly to the driveway which is slightly sloop downward before I can get the front wheel off. This time actually the whole passenger side of the car is off the gorund. Is this normal ? why does Volvo put the support in the middle. The other cars I used always has the front support right behind the front wheel and the back support right infront of the rear wheel.
What should I do if this is happening on the road side and I have no weight to add to the trunk. Is there an alternate point I can use for the car jack support ?
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Re: S60 Car jack supporting points

Postby billofdurham » 06 Dec 2009, 18:20

The owner's manual shows two jacking points on each side of the car. They appear to be close together in the diagram but the front one should certainly lift the front without counter balancing. The amount of fuel in the tank should make no difference.

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Re: S60 Car jack supporting points

Postby NinoJ » 07 Dec 2009, 02:12

volvo_user wrote:This time actually the whole passenger side of the car is off the gorund. Is this normal ? why does Volvo put the support in the middle. The other cars I used always has the front support right behind the front wheel and the back support right infront of the rear wheel.
What should I do if this is happening on the road side and I have no weight to add to the trunk. Is there an alternate point I can use for the car jack support ?


Happens to me too, 2001 S60 2.4T, using the jacking points in the middle raises the whole side of the car, regardless of how full the fuel tank is.

The last time I changed tyres on mine, I used the points marked in orange in the photos on this link with a thick piece of wood between the car and the jack. http://turbobil.com/SMF/index.php?topic=65.0

Those points are also mentioned out in the Haynes manual too
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Re: S60 Car jack supporting points

Postby volvo_user » 07 Dec 2009, 23:02

Is that a little dangerous that the whole side of the car is off the gound. There is only one support in the middle. How can I be sure that it will not tip over to the side where the tire is removed.
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Re: S60 Car jack supporting points

Postby confused_al » 08 Dec 2009, 01:01

volvo_user wrote:Is that a little dangerous that the whole side of the car is off the gound.
No, it wont tip off. However, you can always put a piece of 2x4 under the sub-frame and jack it up.
http://volvospeed.com/Repair/jackingpoints.php
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Re: S60 Car jack supporting points

Postby randyking » 31 Aug 2013, 23:34

Sorry to bring up a dead subject but I found it funny that my manual points to the point in the front of the car. It barely woks and the thing is one and a half feet under the car. Can't believe Volvo expects you to do that.
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