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Old 08-04-2016, 04:49 PM   #21
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Default Re: 2002 L300 - popping when turning - something broken by wheel (not CV joint)

^As to safety, I could not agree more. This subject cannot be over-emphasized! I sometimes double up on the jack stands at one end of the car when working from beneath.

My usual set up to raise the car so as to remove a pair of wheels, or work beneath it is as follows: the car is driven on to a pair of customized, platformed ramps at one end with jack stands supporting the opposite end.
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^ I agree. A scissor jack is mainly used for tire changes and not an excuse to crawl under a car up to make repairs. Since scissor jacks are included with every car having a spare tire, its assumed its used only for emergency tire changes and nothing else. We all know about people using these for ghetto repairs but no one discusses safety. Unless a jack stand isn't used to support and hold up a corner of a car, a scissor jack is never recommended to use as the main support for anything other than tire changing.

To remove and replace the stabilizer link requires removing a wheel for access. This means raising one corner of the car and supporting it on at least one jack stand for any extended length of time. Even a scissor jack coupled with a jack stand as main support will work as long as the load is transferred to the jack stand by lowering the scissor jack until the full weight of the car rests on the jack stand. The scissor jack remains as backup. Remove and throw the wheel under the car acts as another safety if the jack stand and scissor jack slip (from poor placement). Using a hydraulic jack is better but still requires a jack stand for safety if hydraulics fail. One part to backup another. Knowing a car corner is supported safely will assure crawling under or placing body parts under a car to allow concentrating on repairs. Once a safe support is made, determining what tools are needed and anticipating unintended issues with repairs are next.

At the least, loosening the two nuts to remove the stabilizer link will be easy. At worst, the wrong tools are used, severe corrosion makes removing this link difficult or something breaks and makes this a struggle.
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FWIW, I avoid lifting the car at only one corner when performing an under car repair. When lifting at one corner to perform an under car repair, be sure that the other three wheels are in positive contact with the ground. No one should go under a vehicle where one corner is supported while at another corner the wheel is also off of the ground without support. A sway bar link is under the car, of course. However, since it is so close to the back side of the wheel there is no need to place yourself beneath the undercarriage of the vehicle during this r&r of the link. This is done very easily at the wheel opening.
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