I am 100% new to doing work on my car and I don’t know what the correct terminology is for most of this stuff so please excuse my ignorance.
I would like to do my brakes; however, I have been scared of jacking my car in the incorrect spot and crushing something important or using an unstable location. I have searched this forum several times now over the last week and I’m no more confident than when I started. I have heard these terms used in describing viable locations for jack stands: engine cross member, engine cradle, mounting structure, and radius arms, but none of those terms mean anything to me and no one seems to have posted any pictures.
I’m attempting to embed a picture with this post pointing out 4 locations that I was hoping I might be able to use for floor jacking and jack stands.
a) A rubber like donut with a bolt in the middle of it in front of the passenger side front wheel… this so far appears to be the best height for me to use my current 3 ton jack stands as it’s the tallest point.
b) A long metal section runs along the passenger side of the engine compartment
c) A rubber like donut with a bolt in the middle of it behind the passenger side front wheel (this I suspect is the location the service manual is referring to as an acceptable jack point but that picture was super vague and I have no way to confirm that… plus my jack stand is too tall to get in under that.)
d) A long metal bar that appears to be hollow running parallel to the radiator just in front of the oil pan.
For each of the 4 points I’ve indicated in the picture could someone tell me the following:
• What is the correct terminology/name to refer this part/section?
• Is this a good position to use a Floor Jack?
• Is this a good position to use a Jack Stand?
Can I use my floor jack on the pinch weld without bending the pinch weld into oblivion?
If my picture doesn’t get uploaded correctly could someone please upload one indicating points it’s ok to use a floor jack and jack stands?
Please note that I’ve got 3 ton jack stands that are too tall to fit where the service manual indicates so if I could use them further towards the front engine compartment area that would be great.