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Jack Lift Points

I have just purchased a 2017 LT, 3.6

I've looked in the owners manual and can not find the recommended lift points for a floor jack.
Where can I find this information?
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Best places to put a floor jack is just behind the front tires on the body and in front of the rear tires. Look either in the trunk or in the owners manual as to where the jack that comes with the vehicle goes, you can lift on those points.

The other area I use is right under the bolt that holds the engine/transmission cradle to the vehicle firewall. If the vehicle does not have a engine/transmission cradle then look at the aft side of the front lower control arm. You can also use the lower control arm in most cases to lift as well. And you can use the rear control arms as well. When using the control arm to lift keep the jack as close to the wheel as possible.

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It should be somewhere in the owners manual. If not, look under the rocker panel behind the front tire and in front of the rear tire. You should find an arrow embossed in the rocker panel. Behind the arrow there will be a rectangular cut out with a double layer of metal running through the length of the cut out. The factory jack fits in that cut out. To use a floor jack, you can get or make an adapter to fit in that recess. I use an adapter called "In a Pinch" jack adapter. That name may not be perfect as I am going by memory. A Google search should find it. There are other adapters available. A Google search for pinch weld jack adapters should find some. A hockey puck will also work.
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It should be somewhere in the owners manual. If not, look under the rocker panel behind the front tire and in front of the rear tire. You should find an arrow embossed in the rocker panel. Behind the arrow there will be a rectangular cut out with a double layer of metal running through the length of the cut out. The factory jack fits in that cut out. To use a floor jack, you can get or make an adapter to fit in that recess. I use an adapter called "In a Pinch" jack adapter. That name may not be perfect as I am going by memory. A Google search should find it. There are other adapters available. A Google search for pinch weld jack adapters should find some. A hockey puck will also work.
Great answer - you addressed the very thought I had regarding the cut.

That said, for the front, I usually put my floor jack somewhere on the subframe rails or on the subframe mounting bolt under the firewall. For the rear, I use the stamped frame rail under the rear passenger area. In that case, there's a reinforced section of frame rail that works well with the floor jack, but it's important to be careful - lifting in the wrong spot can bend the floor pan sheet metal - my son did that to my Cruze the other day. I need to get it on a rack and pull the dent out of it

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Using a floor jack, you can use a 2x4 or 2x6 18-24 inches long and line it up along the rail. Eliminates any sheet metal being bent and better distributes the lifting.

The manual for the 2012 does tell where to lift from with the factory jack, but it is very vague. No clue about the 17 models.
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Thanks Guys for all the information. I'll let you know what I find when the snow melts.

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