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Centreline jacking points, pad / attachment for trolley jack "dished" saddle?

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Greetings All,

First post on this sub-forum. I'm wary of metal to metal contact when jacking a car up due to the risk of slipping or damage to the car. I can see previous damage by a previous owner/garage on the centreline front jacking point on my "new-to-me" CRV. I generally use a big block of wood between a structural member and the standard trolley jack "dished" saddle, however the centreline jacking points are too narrow for stability with a big block of wood.

Options are:
1) ice hockey puck, which I have somewhere, although I'm not certain if it will be stable.
2) wood cut to fit around the centreline jacking point, but again I'm not certain if it will be stable.
3) "v" attachment for the trolley jack to cradle the jacking point:

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Is there a Honda attachment to fit between the trolley jack and the centreline jacking point? There is a convenient slot that looks like a locating point on the jacking point.

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Moved to the Misc. section for better exposure.

I use a hockey puck for jacking, or a section of old inner tube...just to prevent scratches (and future rust).

On cars where I need to jack on the sides, I use a foot-long piece of wood with a slot cut into it. NEVER support or brace a car by the welded seams on the rocker panels. :rolleyes: This applies for jack-stands too.

That pictured front sub-frame has holes in it...if you desire to prevent movement when jacking, place a dowel on a piece of wood, just to hold the floor jack in position.
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I only ever jack from structurally strong points. Aka, the front and rear subframes. The same goes for when resting the car onto axle stands. You can also use a chock of wood, just keep an eye open for the possibility of slipping etc
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Depending on the car and the lift point, I use either nothing, a hockey puck, a piece of vinyl flooring, or a rag/cloth. For the CRV front point I use a hockey puck.

As for stability, I think that depends on many factors. You want the car wheels chocked so that the car can’t roll. You want to be on flat, hard ground so that the car can’t roll and the jack can’t sink. You want to be on smooth ground so that the floor jack can do its normal roll while it is lifting. You want jack stands.

You tube has nice examples of people skipping safety steps, such as not using wheel chocks or lifting on soft ground or not using jack stands…

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Youtube “car falls off jack” and there will be lots of examples. The goal should be to identify why the mishap occurred. Sometimes it takes a personal mishap or two to learn a few things. On the other hand, it is less stressful to learn from other people’s errors than your own.
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Thanks for the replies, I've ordered a big puck with a pre-cut "V" , although the "V" will need widening.

I wonder if the centreline jacking points are designed for jacking; thread on a Honda Pilot forum referring to a similar jacking point collapsing and mention of the point being designed to tie down the vehicle for shipping.

".. > that "jacking" point was used as a tie down during shipping <"
By the way, your puck should fit the jack saddle:

Compare to this guy. His puck is too big for his jack saddle. I would be personally not be very enthusiastic lifting like this:

Also, the pucks will wear out and begin to crack over time. Inspect it before you use it.
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