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Ok, i know where the jacking points are, but where do you guys/gals place the floor jack for jacking up the escape? I haven't been able to find anything in either the ford or haynes manuals that i have. I don't want to blindly jack somewhere and screw up something. I do know not to use the rear diff.
 

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Depending on the type of floor jack you have, you may need to stick with the scissor jack lifting points. The unibody structure is fairly wide and will dent if a small jack is used to lift it - you can place a block of wood there if the scissor jack lifting points are in the way.
 

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why cant you use the rear diff?? ive jacked up vehicles using the read diff thousands of times.
 

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The "traditional" steel housing is fine, but most modern AWD vehicles use an aluminium housing that can't take the stress. Even some of the newer live axles that look like they can be lifted there have warnings not to, and instead have lifting points on either side of the pumpkin.
 

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I prefer to use a lift on these newer unibody chassis. Not alot of metal in any of them any longer. ;)
 

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Squishy said:
The "traditional" steel housing is fine, but most modern AWD vehicles use an aluminium housing that can't take the stress. Even some of the newer live axles that look like they can be lifted there have warnings not to, and instead have lifting points on either side of the pumpkin.
weird. we have 4x4 trucks with aluminum housings for the rear diff, some of them are fitted with an ambulance body, 4 stretchers and all the gear, and as long as the jack does not rest on the drain plug, the aluminum will survive.
 
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