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Jacking Points - Under sills.

Lord Sladacre

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Have other S - Type owners noticed that the jacking points appear flattened in profile when the car is viewed at a distance side on, for example in a car park? This seems to give the sills a a flattened effect just in front of the rear wheels and just behind the front wheels. I wondered if mine had been jacked up incorrectly and have thoroughly inspected the underside finding no evidence of this. I find I'm peering at others (rarely seen model though) - and often not at the right angle / distance  when seen. Am I becoming paranoid - or are these areas slightly flat?

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mine are inline with the rest of the sill

the sill jacking points are for the emergency jack only

if there used with a trolley jack, they usually damage the lip and most of the time crush the sill covers and floor covers

also, there really prone to completely rotting away, the sills, especially to the rear of the car, first signs are rear arches start to rust

it worth removing the plastic cover and checking them




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Hi Joe,


Interesting - thank you. i shall remove the plastic inserts and have a look. Fortunately no sign of rust visible on arches externally. Also will check lip etc to see if trolley jack may have been used. All very irritating as it has been serviced by jaguar every 3k mls and covered only 60k. Still, doesn't mean to say he bought the tyres there !!


Thanks again.



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This post brought a question to mind , where can you safely use a trolley jack?  I also always carry a little bottle jack ,I have never trusted the bent tin things usually supplied , will the sill points stand that ???

Cheers Mike

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  Thanks very much , now I need to crawl underneath and identify these points.  I have never trusted jacking points since watching my MK11  crumble as I tried to get the wheel back on !!!!!!

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the front lifting points in the pic above are perfect, anywhere on that chassis rail, this is solid no issues

the rear lifting point in the pic above you have to be cautious, if the sills have bad rust or rot, that area is also prone to rusting, its quite thick if its ok, but I've seen some S-type completely rot away there, just a bit further in, you have the rear sub frame mounting bolts, this is solid and the area it bolts to does not rust either, I've marked the area on the pic below

yellow dot on pic below is subframe mounting bolts, this is a solid lifting area suitable for a trolley jack





jacking point.jpg

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