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Old 01-13-2010, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,
I have a 2009 Sonata and was wondering where are the best (proper) spots to jack up the car (using a hydraulic floor trolley jack) and to also set jack stands for both the front and rear of car - I use ramps now to change the oil, but this spring will want to rotate tires and sooner or later do brakes - thanks in advance...
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Old 01-13-2010, 01:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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QUOTE (mikek @ Jan 13 2010, 11:27 AM)
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I have a 2009 Sonata and was wondering where are the best (proper) spots to jack up the car (using a hydraulic floor trolley jack) and to also set jack stands for both the front and rear of car - I use ramps now to change the oil, but this spring will want to rotate tires and sooner or later do brakes - thanks in advance...
Mike
I always look for a point where the frame brace crosses beneath the engine. Anywhere along that brace should be fine for a floor jack (stay away from the engine or transmission itself - including the oil pan!). If you place some pieces of wood, like a section of 2x4, in the jack tray it will protect any finish at the point you're jacking the car.
Same with jack stands (except for the wood) but you would want to place these as close to the side of the car as possible to give you the most room to work under the car. I usually find a jack point near the center then put the stands in place and remove the jack to work.
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the quick reply - this is my first front wheel drive car with a subframe - I am just worried about damaging something while I am actually performing maintenance. My other older car was rear wheel drive with metal bumpers and a solid one piece frame - that was a little easier (to me at least) as far as where to jack it up and place the jack stands.
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Actually, Hyundai makes it easy for you if you have a floor jack. My car has six hard points that I'm supposed to use for jacking with a floor jack and jack stands.

Four of these hard points are near the wheels where the unibody panels meet. This is always a very strong point in unibody construction. These are where you can put your jackstands.

Hyundai also gives you a front and back hard point for floor jacks to jack up either the entire front or rear in one operation. Right in front on the crossmember which also holds the engine mounts, there's a flat spot which is a hard point for jacking. Use this hard point and jack up the front, slip your jackstands under the side hardpoints.

Same arrangement in the rear, there is a hardpoint in the middle back there.
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Yes that is what Hyundai used to do. Not anymore. I used to have a 2000 Tiburon which is set up the same as your 99 Elantra. The NF Sonata is different. I haven't needed to have all four wheels off the ground at the same time yet so I'll have to figure this out when the time comes.

Currently I use a side lift adapter in my floor jack when I'm changing tires and use ramps for oil changes, etc.
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Yes that is what Hyundai used to do. Not anymore. I used to have a 2000 Tiburon which is set up the same as your 99 Elantra. The NF Sonata is different. I haven't needed to have all four wheels off the ground at the same time yet so I'll have to figure this out when the time comes.

Currently I use a side lift adapter in my floor jack when I'm changing tires and use ramps for oil changes, etc.

"Side lift adapter"? Specific to the car model? Available at auto supply stores?

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No it's a universal type adapter that will fit most floor jacks as long as the cup is removable. I bought mine through Eastwood. See link below.

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QUOTE (rallyman @ Jan 14 2010, 05:48 PM)
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No it's a universal type adapter that will fit most floor jacks as long as the cup is removable. I bought mine through Eastwood. See link below.

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Thanks for the heads up.....
I'll have to get one soon.



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QUOTE (rallyman @ Jan 14 2010, 08:48 PM)
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No it's a universal type adapter that will fit most floor jacks as long as the cup is removable. I bought mine through Eastwood. See link below.

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Pree-shate it.

May try to use my plasma cutter on some heavy scrap material for a make-shift one..if I can keep it from slipping.

I feel comfortable if I can use the pinch welds.
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You can get the floor jack adapter more cheaply than from Eastwood. I got one through RedMoonBay.com for $6.99 plus $4.95 shipping. It shipped the same day. The price went up $0.50 today though, for some odd reason.
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