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Hi guys,

I want to jack my car up but I've noticed that there is one under the engine -central jacking point
Is it on the undertray on it? or is it near/on the engine
Can anyone locate it for me its an SE E87 pre lci
Does anyone have a good photo of it (jacking point)

I don't want to lift the car on its sump and break something so i thought I'd ask here before attempting

Sorry if its a newbie question

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I think you are looking for the one in this picture, number 5. If you look from the front of the car, it's a good arm's length in, a square pad can be seen provided it has not been caught and knocked off. It sits in a recess of the tray so you can't really miss it.

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I think you are looking for the one in this picture, number 5. If you look from the front of the car, it's a good arm's length in, a square pad can be seen provided it has not been caught and knocked off. It sits in a recess of the tray so you can't really miss it.

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its not on the undertray right? and it sits near the gearbox or under it right? I think mine still has it
 

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Unlikely you will get to it without ramps or a long reach jack
I have to put mine on slim ramps then use a low level jack
Oh no. I havent got either. Any other suggestions?

I've heard of jacking one side up,placing cinder blocks under wheel,lowering and repeating on the other side and then placing a jack stand on jacking point when supported by cinder block for a small period of time. Car will sit on jack stands.

Does it seem okay?
 

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Is there anywhere else that is suitable to place a jack stand to support the car except at the jacking points and the centre rubber?

Sorry for late reply my notfications don't work for this even with email push notifications on :/
 

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The chassis pretty is rigid, if you lift it from the rear side jacking points you'll probably find you get enough clearance to get a stand under the front point.
 

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The chassis pretty is rigid, if you lift it from the rear side jacking points you'll probably find you get enough clearance to get a stand under the front point.
how about the front subframe? Behind the wheel? I placed it there before I posted this thread and had doubts and created this
 

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I've done it on plenty of other cars but never had to on the 1 series, it's pretty easy to get the stands under the jacking points.
 

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The only officially safe places are the 4 side points, the front subframe point, and the rear diff casing.

I wouldn’t use cinder blocks, ever. They aren’t designed to take weight in that way, and they don’t fail slowly - they shatter and the car falls without warning.

I built a set of cribs to hold my car about 2’ off the ground so I could drop the gearbox, timber has gone up quite a bit since then though :( What’s the going rate for a set of ramps from Halfords?
 

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how about the front subframe? Behind the wheel? I placed it there before I posted this thread and had doubts and created this
What is it that you want to do?
 

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The only officially safe places are the 4 side points, the front subframe point, and the rear diff casing.

I wouldn’t use cinder blocks, ever. They aren’t designed to take weight in that way, and they don’t fail slowly - they shatter and the car falls without warning.

I built a set of cribs to hold my car about 2’ off the ground so I could drop the gearbox, timber has gone up quite a bit since then though :( What’s the going rate for a set of ramps from Halfords?
Noted! Ramps go for about 35-50£ for a pair i assume. Last year I checked for the orange ones and they were around 28£ on sale, now they start at 40 or so quid in store and the lowest I saw them so far this year was 35.
 

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Install an undertray-front and right,
General maintenance- oil changes etc. and brake fluid change.
Would also be nice to do some suspension work if needed- control arms,droplinks
This worked quite well when I did my engine and gearbox oil.
 

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Whilst the chassis is stiff I find side jacking, just to reach the centre jacking point, inefficient and a bit of a faff.

Drive the car on to blocks, slide the jack under the front central point, jack up and place your stands under the side points, remove front jack (for access).
 
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