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#4637138 - 01/16/18 07:47 PM Floor jack pads?
irv Offline


Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 1059
Loc: Oshawa, Ont. Canada
Has anyone ever used these? I just noticed them and found some on E-Bay/Amazon but want some personal opinions first.

I think this/these would be great when doing winter tire/wheel swaps on my wife's Impala. Would certainly save getting the jack out of the trunk and cranking very slowly with a ratchet smacking my knuckles and hand on the driveway!

A huge time saver, imo.

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#4637146 - 01/16/18 07:56 PM Re: Floor jack pads? [Re: irv]
Ducked Offline


Registered: 10/25/12
Posts: 4340
Loc: Taiwan
Would depend on the car.

I've usually been able to find something solid to locate a bottle jack onto. I never use the supplied jack or jacking points, since on the sort of cars I have, the latter are likely to be unsafe.

Similarly, I've never jacked up directly under the sill flange, but if you did, I'd think something like that would be a requirement.

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#4637152 - 01/16/18 08:02 PM Re: Floor jack pads? [Re: irv]
Rolla07 Offline


Registered: 11/05/11
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Loc: MTL, CANADA
Or.. you can buy a hockey puck for next to nothing and make your own notch in it. smile


Edited by Rolla07 (01/16/18 08:02 PM)
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#4637161 - 01/16/18 08:12 PM Re: Floor jack pads? [Re: Rolla07]
irv Offline


Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 1059
Loc: Oshawa, Ont. Canada
Originally Posted By: Rolla07
Or.. you can buy a hockey puck for next to nothing and make your own notch in it. smile


Good idea but I don't think a hockey puck would be thick enough and I'd also like something with a bit bigger diameter to fill up the floor jack cup a little more.

Might just see for myself though as lord knows I have a ton of them kicking around! crazy
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#4637163 - 01/16/18 08:15 PM Re: Floor jack pads? [Re: irv]
TurboTravis Offline


Registered: 07/26/07
Posts: 205
Loc: NY
Originally Posted By: irv
Has anyone ever used these? I just noticed them and found some on E-Bay/Amazon but want some personal opinions first.

I think this/these would be great when doing winter tire/wheel swaps on my wife's Impala. Would certainly save getting the jack out of the trunk and cranking very slowly with a ratchet smacking my knuckles and hand on the driveway!

A huge time saver, imo.




Are you referring to the entire jack, or just the pad? I have to ask..because..if you own a good floor jack, why are you using the factory scissor jack for anything but emergency situations?! Perhaps I am lost on this one.

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#4637165 - 01/16/18 08:17 PM Re: Floor jack pads? [Re: irv]
maverickfhs Offline


Registered: 12/28/16
Posts: 1982
Loc: VA
Maybe I am being slow... but can't a thick piece of wood be used with a jack?
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#4637182 - 01/16/18 08:29 PM Re: Floor jack pads? [Re: irv]
HoosierJeeper Offline


Registered: 11/23/16
Posts: 1276
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I use a thick piece of wood for my Cherokee and it doesn't damage that seam at all. I also use pads on the jackstands, got them at Harbor Freight.
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#4637185 - 01/16/18 08:33 PM Re: Floor jack pads? [Re: TurboTravis]
irv Offline


Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 1059
Loc: Oshawa, Ont. Canada
Originally Posted By: TurboTravis
Originally Posted By: irv
Has anyone ever used these? I just noticed them and found some on E-Bay/Amazon but want some personal opinions first.

I think this/these would be great when doing winter tire/wheel swaps on my wife's Impala. Would certainly save getting the jack out of the trunk and cranking very slowly with a ratchet smacking my knuckles and hand on the driveway!

A huge time saver, imo.




Are you referring to the entire jack, or just the pad? I have to ask..because..if you own a good floor jack, why are you using the factory scissor jack for anything but emergency situations?! Perhaps I am lost on this one.


Just the pad.
On these cars, there is just a thin extra strong piece of metal (jack point) that hangs down slightly at all 4 tire spots. Just using a regular jack, with the cup design of it would hit the body as the cup is too deep to only make contact with these spots. That is why these pucks with the slit are required if you want to use a floor jack.

A piece of wood is something I never thought of and would likely work as well, provided I get a thick enough and strong enough piece.

Here is a pic I found of one in use I believe. Note the jacking point and why my jack, with a cup type lift spot would not work.
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#4637189 - 01/16/18 08:37 PM Re: Floor jack pads? [Re: HoosierJeeper]
irv Offline


Registered: 10/08/06
Posts: 1059
Loc: Oshawa, Ont. Canada
Originally Posted By: HoosierJeeper
I use a thick piece of wood for my Cherokee and it doesn't damage that seam at all. I also use pads on the jackstands, got them at Harbor Freight.


I also didn't know these existed? Going to have to look into those as well. Thanks cheers

For everyone else, this is the first car I have owned that only has these jacking points, all the other cars I've owned, a floor jack wasn't a problem as there were many places to use it.

I appreciate the help. Cheers2


Edited by irv (01/16/18 08:40 PM)
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#4637209 - 01/16/18 09:03 PM Re: Floor jack pads? [Re: Rolla07]
eyeofthetiger Offline


Registered: 11/18/17
Posts: 683
Loc: South Carolina
Originally Posted By: Rolla07
Or.. you can buy a hockey puck for next to nothing and make your own notch in it. smile


I bet you can get a 12 pack of hockey pucks at any corner store up there in Canada. They aren't so easy to come by around these parts. I generally use a scrap piece of wood.
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#4637239 - 01/16/18 09:31 PM Re: Floor jack pads? [Re: irv]
AndyinAL Offline


Registered: 03/14/10
Posts: 96
Loc: Everywhere
General unsolicited advice - please use common sense when using wood and floor jacks. When aligned with the grain, the rocker pinch weld can become a wood splitter. An instant 1" drop could damage the rocker panel - or worse - your body.

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#4637246 - 01/16/18 09:38 PM Re: Floor jack pads? [Re: irv]
oldmaninsc Offline


Registered: 09/25/06
Posts: 1576
Loc: California
Yes, I've used those pads on my Impala, the Grand Marquis and the Camry. They work very well. There are different sizes you can get. Haven't tried them on the F-150. I agree with the post above - I'd be somewhat nervous about using a block of blood.

I used to use a 4X4 block on top of a floor jack for the Aerostar and sometimes the block of wood would make noises that made me rather nervous. The problem with the Aerostar was the floor jack I had at the time wouldn't go high enough to get the vehicle far enough off the ground, so after a while I decide it was safer to temporarily put some wood planks UNDER the jack, and next time I was out - bought a bigger, better jack.


Edited by oldmaninsc (01/16/18 09:40 PM)
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#4637256 - 01/16/18 09:52 PM Re: Floor jack pads? [Re: irv]
MONKEYMAN Offline


Registered: 06/24/04
Posts: 2225
Loc: St. Louis
I have a couple from Ebay. Looked like a hockey puck. They were a very hard rubber. Groove not deep enough so needed to make it deeper. I then bolted them to the jacks. I basically copied the design of the of the jack that came with the car. It keeps the load in the center of the jack pad and does not bend the metal on the car.
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#4637269 - 01/16/18 10:09 PM Re: Floor jack pads? [Re: AndyinAL]
andyd Offline


Registered: 09/25/04
Posts: 7142
Loc: Marshfield , MA
Originally Posted By: AndyinAL
General unsolicited advice - please use common sense when using wood and floor jacks. When aligned with the grain, the rocker pinch weld can become a wood splitter. An instant 1" drop could damage the rocker panel - or worse - your body.
the welded seam that the jack point is tacked to was sufficient to allow 1 1/4 x 2" x 24" pads between the jack and the both sides of the seam. Thats a pretty big pad. I use odd pieces of wood, blocks and bricks to support my cars. Please do not use such crude materials unless you can cut a 15 degree heel wedge out of a white oak billet. I learned about cribbing, blocking, and shoring working in a ship yard. The job down scaled easily to supporting houses etc whilst replacing rotted out structural stuff. Carz iz nothin. grin2


Edited by andyd (01/16/18 10:15 PM)
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#4637270 - 01/16/18 10:09 PM Re: Floor jack pads? [Re: irv]
TurboTravis Offline


Registered: 07/26/07
Posts: 205
Loc: NY
Originally Posted By: irv
Originally Posted By: TurboTravis
Originally Posted By: irv
Has anyone ever used these? I just noticed them and found some on E-Bay/Amazon but want some personal opinions first.

I think this/these would be great when doing winter tire/wheel swaps on my wife's Impala. Would certainly save getting the jack out of the trunk and cranking very slowly with a ratchet smacking my knuckles and hand on the driveway!

A huge time saver, imo.




Are you referring to the entire jack, or just the pad? I have to ask..because..if you own a good floor jack, why are you using the factory scissor jack for anything but emergency situations?! Perhaps I am lost on this one.


Just the pad.
On these cars, there is just a thin extra strong piece of metal (jack point) that hangs down slightly at all 4 tire spots. Just using a regular jack, with the cup design of it would hit the body as the cup is too deep to only make contact with these spots. That is why these pucks with the slit are required if you want to use a floor jack.

A piece of wood is something I never thought of and would likely work as well, provided I get a thick enough and strong enough piece.

Here is a pic I found of one in use I believe. Note the jacking point and why my jack, with a cup type lift spot would not work.


Why not jack it from the front or back?

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