MAkes raising the rea of the car a much simpler affair than trying to do one side at a time. Secondly, I don't like trying to lift the car on any part of the unibody. If you are intent on lifting the car at some other point, pick a suspension mounting point and preferably a suspension part itself.
But trust me...you won't hurt the differential jacking the car up by the pumpkin.
I just changed my oil and was p*ssed that my shorty floor jack didn't have any room to pump the handle so I came up with another simpler method of getting the front end an extra 2 or 3 inches off the ground.
I've got a stack of 1-foot square patio blocks. I put one in front of each front wheel, then another pair right after those first two. Then I backed up a couple feet and did a gently paced roll right up top and parked it there. The ramp slope was less severe than metal shop ramps and the couple of inches was plenty to get to my pan and filter.
If I'm not mistaken, I think the pitch of the car assisted the oil drain from the pan, as well.
I suspect Ford is more worried about the OWNER being damaged than the car when jacking up by the pumpkin. I'm sure someone in the past jacked the car up that way, then got under it with nary a thought as to supporting jackstands. Then tried to sue Ford. Just a theory.
Did it it worked out nice....I just raised the back tires off the ground by 1/2 inch... enough to get tires off and back on again.....
Car looks nice with 30mm HR spacers...Thanks to all who contiributed their knowledge.
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