How do I lift my car at home?

I need to do some repair work underneath my car, but I don’t have a mechanical lift in my garage. How can I lift my car at home so I can work on it?

Answer
Lifting your car at home isn’t easy. In most cases, you should probably defer to the professionals and take your car into the shop. But if you’re careful, you can lift your car at home with jack stands and braces.
You can follow these steps to safely lift your car:
  • Make sure the car is on level ground.
  • Apply the parking brake.
  • Use wheel chocks (or pieces of wood/rocks) to keep the car from rolling.
  • Use the owner’s manual to find the jacking points on your car
  • Jack the car and put a jack stand under each wheel
  • Slowly lower the car onto the jack stands.
  • Put wood blocks underneath each of the wheels as a fail-safe.
  • Give the car a quick shake and wiggle to make sure it’s sturdy.
Congratulations, you just raised your car! If you’d rather not do the work yourself, consider buying an extended warranty or comprehensive coverage to help cover the costs of future damage. While they won’t always cover the damages you’d like fixed, they’ll usually help you avoid working under the car.
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Eric Schad
Answered on Nov 17, 2021
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