Axle stand locations

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Hi,

Can anyone please tell me where it's safe to put axle stands under a 2002 C3? H@ynes says to put them under the jacking points but since I have a jack there lifting the car, that isn't possible.

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Are you using the cars own jack? You might find if you are you can't get the car high enough to get axle stands under.

If you can raise it high enough then you can use the pads designed for lifting the car in a garage with a full size car lift for the axle stands.

I think Haynes are thinking that you will be using a trolley jack, in which case it uses the pads and then the axle stands go on the jacking points (hope that makes sense).
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Chapster wrote:H@ynes says to put them under the jacking points but since I have a jack there lifting the car, that isn't possible.
I put the axle stands under the subrfame mounting points for the front and under the rear suspension swing arm for the rear brakes.

The citroen jack does give me enough lift to get unextended axle stands under, ok for brakes and suspension type jobs.
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Arfur Dent wrote:The citroen jack does give me enough lift to get unextended axle stands under, ok for brakes and suspension type jobs.
My axle stands are just too big :o :lol:
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I founds some pictures. The first one covers everything (do's and don'ts).
axle stands rear suspension Citroen C3
axle stands rear suspension Citroen C3
The jack is shown in its correct position on the jacking point for the rear of the car.

The axle stand is taking the weight and located on the mounting point for the rear trailing arm.

There is damage to the sill where the car was incorrectly jacked or supported on a axle stand on the sill :(

Incorrect use of axle stands can damage the C3
Incorrect use of axle stands can damage the C3

the sill is deformed :(

Missing Lincs wrote:My axle stands are just too big :o :lol:
How about a block of wood under the jack?
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Arfur Dent wrote:
Missing Lincs wrote:My axle stands are just too big :o :lol:
How about a block of wood under the jack?
I don't do that much mechanical work on the C3, when I do I either use ramps or I have a trolley jack which will lift high enough to get stands in.

My comment was about size was meant as a funny :D
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Missing Lincs wrote:My comment was about size was meant as a funny :D
I was being too practically minded :)
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Thanks everyone, a picture speaks a thousand words so the rear axle stand point pic is excellent. I'll try to spot the front subframe mounts.

I'm using a trolley jack, I never use the widow makers.

I was going to jack it up to change the gearbox oil to see if it helps with the stiff notchy gearstick, but I had to finish the leaky injector job where I've put new copper washers in. Unfortunately I now have one leaking HP injector pipe so I'm back under the bonnet. At least I was until this &@£&@ing rain started.
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Sorry to revive this thread but i am planning to change my front discs and pads on my c3 this weekend so need to jack and support the front of the car.

Using a trolley jack I can raise the car on the jacking points in the sill (jacking pads?) but where should I place the axle stands? Any suggestions and/or pics would be appreciated.

Thanks v much
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Moshy wrote:Using a trolley jack I can raise the car on the jacking points in the sill (jacking pads?) but where should I place the axle stands? Any suggestions and/or pics would be appreciated.
Hi Moshy,

For front I use the lower wish bone to body mounting point as a good strong axle stand location.

I will see if I can dig out a decent picture to help :D
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