Jack Points

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by aapitten, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. aapitten

    aapitten Member

    Hi Everyone,
    Has anyone found a good spot to place a jack and jack stands both on the front and rear of the car? With all the underbody panels I'm struggling to find a good, secure spot.

    I'm not talking one of the cheap 'pinch weld' jacks that you get with a donut to use at the side of the road, I'm talking an actual floor jack with a set of cast jack stands for doing things like tire rotations, etc.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. KentuckyKen

    KentuckyKen Well-Known Member

    The jacking points are shown on p 534 of the manual. I’m sorry, but my Adobe Acrobat Reader won’t let me copy the picture. They are near outer edge close to rear of front tire well and to the front of the rear tire well. If you don’t have the manual, I can send you a pdf of mine.
    Be safe at all times.
  3. aapitten

    aapitten Member

    @KentuckyKen, thanks for the reply. I did see those but those points, if you look at them under the car, are designed for one of the 'emergency' scissor jacks (like the yellow one below). If you were to put a true floor jack on them it's pretty clear the pinch weld would just bend over unless you got an adapter for it.

    I'm looking for a strong, flat spot to put a jack like the green one below. Ideally I'd like to be able to lift the entire rear end or front end of the car from one point so then I can put a pair of jack stands under it.

    My 2007 Toyota had spots like that which appeared to be specifically meant for that purpose


  4. KentuckyKen

    KentuckyKen Well-Known Member

    I see what you mean. My floor jack will have the same problem. What if we cut out a groove in a block of wood to keep off the pinch weld? I’m going to try that this weekend. But that won’t solve the problem of not being able to jack one end to place the 4 jack stands. I’ve never tried it that way. Can it be safely done from the side?
    And, what is that beautiful classic red car in your photo?
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2018
  5. Viking79

    Viking79 Well-Known Member

    You can jack on those points fine, who cares if the pinch weld bends? It won't anyway, that steel is strong as heck. I would have to double check the clarity though to see what that jack pad looks like. Maybe there is a reinforced section off the pinch weld? I will look at it again at home tonight.

    Note where my jack is located here: https://carswithplugs.com/2018/03/04/honda-clarity-uncovered-wheel/
    Sorry, just at the edge of the image, don't have a better one of it. Easy to lift the entire side of the car from that front point.
  6. bpratt

    bpratt Active Member

  7. insightman

    insightman Well-Known Member

    I've been placing my aftermarket electric jack on the aluminum pinch-welds of my Insights for 19 years with no problems. Of course, an aluminum Insight weighs less than half as much as a two-ton Clarity PHEV, but the Clarity has stronger steel pinch-welds.
  8. Sandroad

    Sandroad Well-Known Member Subscriber

    Just get one of the inexpensive pinch weld adapters for your floor jack. I’ve been using one for years with no damage to frame or welds.

    Here in Michigan it does matter if you crush the weld because that will take the paint off that spot and could lead to serious corrosion in the frame.

    Be sure to get the correct size for your jack disc. Example:

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  9. Evfred

    Evfred Member

    Curious if you have found that the Clarity tends to shave off bits of the adapter with every use? I have been using these and a bit comes off the puck adapter - like because of the way the jack point is made.
  10. MrFixit

    MrFixit Well-Known Member

  11. megreyhair

    megreyhair Active Member

    I have used the 2 middle jack points under the car with floor jacks without any issue. It just feel weired to jack the back at the hook.
  12. AlAl

    AlAl Active Member

    I hate to break it to you guys, but the mechs at the dealership or inspection centers arent too concerned about your jack points.
    I work in the industry and see the "precision two-post alignment" techniques applied to every vehicle
  13. craze1cars

    craze1cars Well-Known Member

    Lol yeah...agreed. Just stick your current floor jack under a pinch weld and jack it. It’ll be fine. No adapters or protection needed. It’s exactly what every mechanic does with a car lift every time your car goes in for service anyway....
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