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2005 E46 front jacking point

Postby funkymonkey » Wed, 03 Sep 2008 20:41:34 UTC

Can anyone tell me where the front jack point is on an 2005 E46 please? I need to jack the car up and place on axel stands at the rubber blocks at the sides.
I know on the pre-2001 has a center jack point, but I cannot see anywhere on my car for the jack
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Re: 2005 E46 front jacking point

Postby chriseaton » Thu, 04 Sep 2008 04:14:02 UTC

funkymonkey wrote:Can anyone tell me where the front jack point is on an 2005 E46 please? I need to jack the car up and place on axel stands at the rubber blocks at the sides.
I know on the pre-2001 has a center jack point, but I cannot see anywhere on my car for the jack


the rubber blocks are the jacking points, use them and put axle stands under the chassis rails as close to the front as poss or under the inner most balljoint of the control arm if the stands will have a good fit and not have any chance of slipping off.
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Postby ed335d » Thu, 04 Sep 2008 07:02:12 UTC

If you've got the stupid plastic rectangular cups, which only seem to accept a BMW jack (for about £90), I would recommend cutting a small block of rubber or hardwood to place in the cavity before using a trolley jack. This stops the jacking points from getting crushed.

My e92 doesn't have any obvious axle stand points (without removing lots of the underside - which you shouldn't really do without axle stands!), so I used a short piece of hardwood with two axle stands under the chassis rails.
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Postby wreeve » Thu, 04 Sep 2008 08:17:09 UTC

DON'T jack under the front cross member on face-lift cars. It used to be steel but they switched to ali and kept the design so it looks like you can jack in the middle like you can on the older cars! My E46 is a pain to jack up. At the rear there is a jack point in-front of the diff (not the diff itself as it apparently has plastic mounts which break!).
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Postby funkymonkey » Thu, 04 Sep 2008 10:53:36 UTC

Right! I've spoken to a BMW dealer today and they advise using the rubber blocks under the sills as the jacking points and then put the axle stands under the subframe.
I'll give this a go at the weekend.
Thanks for all the advice.
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Postby wreeve » Thu, 04 Sep 2008 10:55:39 UTC

Unless you actually need to remove the wheels I would use some ramps. Much easier and safer IMHO.
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Postby funkymonkey » Thu, 04 Sep 2008 10:57:35 UTC

Need to remove the wheels otherwise I would have used my ramps.
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Postby wreeve » Thu, 04 Sep 2008 11:16:37 UTC

What we really need is a bottle jack with holes in the shaft so you can put in locking pins, a combined jack and axel stand. Never seen one but it would be a good idea!
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Postby ed335d » Thu, 04 Sep 2008 21:33:30 UTC

I couldn't find a bottle jack low enough!

The jacking points are plastic, not rubber - they won't spring back if you mash them using a trolley jack. It is a fairly cheap & easy part to replace if you do knacker them.

From experience, the dealers do have heavy duty trolley jacks with quite deep cups - this gives quite a bit of support around the jacking point. If you've only got a small cup on the jack then be careful
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