: Jacking the CTS-V



Low_ET
07-17-09, 10:44 AM
Has anyone found a floor jack that works on the CTS-V?

The regular CTS jacking points are covered by trim so we can't use the pinch weld jacking points shown in the owner's manual.

The shop manual (page 1-26) shows lifting by the torque boxes (front and rear). My floor jacks (I have three different ones) won't reach the torque boxes while clearing the lower trim.

By the way, I have RaceRamps. They work great, just not to get to the tires, brakes, etc.

62Jeff
07-17-09, 11:01 AM
This is an admittedly uninformed response - but I wonder if the jacking pucks for my 07 vette would work on the CTS-V?

The vette has openings behind the rockers, to which pucks are installed. These pucks allow a floor jack to reach a solid jack-point before other parts of the jack hit the sills.

So it has me wondering if the CTS-V has the same openings as the vette.

Low_ET
07-17-09, 12:44 PM
I am not familiar with the Corvette jacking points so I don't know if that would work. What do the pucks look like and how do they mate with the Corvette lift points?

A picture is worth a thousand words. :)

Hawkeye2
07-17-09, 02:49 PM
I have a Z06 and I bought the pucks. I'll check the V this weekend to see if they might work. I have Raceramps as well, and since I
plan on checking my half shafts this weekend - the V is going up. I'll use the Ramps, and then look for a spot to use my floor jack once the
car is in the air, then put on stands - if I have to. My thought.

jwa999
07-17-09, 03:50 PM
I found the stands AZstar was using in his caliper Painting post interesting:



http://mwfap.smugmug.com/photos/564487629_Z2Sss-L.jpg

rp161
07-17-09, 04:27 PM
I bought the Harbor Freight racing floor jack. Works great and fits in the space where the spare tire
should have gone.

Low_ET
07-17-09, 07:18 PM
The stands AZstar is using look like they are right under the jacking points. My stands look like those.

About the Racing Jack: Would it have enough clearance if the car was 1-1/2" lower (like you had a flat tire)?

62Jeff
07-17-09, 09:13 PM
I am not familiar with the Corvette jacking points so I don't know if that would work. What do the pucks look like and how do they mate with the Corvette lift points?

A picture is worth a thousand words. :)

This is a picture of one of several brands of pucks. They just slip up into a slotted hole, and then you twist.
http://www.eliteengineeringusa.com/images/Red_Jacking_Pads-175x163.jpg

Some vette owners buy hockey pucks and add a big Eye bolt (really, it's that simple).
http://forums.corvetteforum.com/members/inthehunt2-albums-corvette-pricing-picture17719-mvc-019f.jpg

RapidRob
07-17-09, 11:37 PM
I have a Z06 and I bought the pucks. I'll check the V this weekend to see if they might work. I have Raceramps as well, and since I
plan on checking my half shafts this weekend - the V is going up. I'll use the Ramps, and then look for a spot to use my floor jack once the
car is in the air, then put on stands - if I have to. My thought.

I was thinking about picking up a set of the Raceramps - did you have to buy the extenders, or is the angle clearance sufficient without them?

Thanks.

Rob

Low_ET
07-18-09, 10:22 AM
The standard RaceRamps work great. Extenders are not needed. I bought the 56" two-piece ramps for better access behind the wheels (~$225).

Re: Pucks - There is not a slotted hole for the pucks on the CTS-V. A puck might work but we will have to think up another way to attach them (magnets?).

Prof
07-18-09, 03:16 PM
I use an alum. low profile floor jack from Sears...as you noted the rear is pretty obvious...I went straight to the frame rails as shown in the picture above with the jack stands...worked fine...

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g50/rfouts/CTS%20V/IMG_0293.jpg

To clean the CTS V wheels and calipers the wheels have to be removed IMO.

KatMcRat
07-18-09, 11:56 PM
I'm pretty sure the pucks will fit. We took a pic today when Pat changed the oil in my car today. I didn't have the pucks at home or I would have tried.

http://mcratracing.com/k/CTS_V_JackingPucks.jpg

Hawkeye2
07-19-09, 11:58 AM
Good info. Ditto the raceramps, the 2 piece is just perfect. It almost hits the lower air dam, but it does not. They are easy to use and store.

I got lazy yesterday and did not try my pucks. Today is a honey do day, so we'll see.

KatMcRat
07-19-09, 10:03 PM
I'm pretty sure the pucks will fit. We took a pic today when Pat changed the oil in my car today. I didn't have the pucks at home or I would have tried.

Pat confirmed the pucks fit and it's even double reinforced area.

Low_ET
08-06-09, 01:46 PM
I found that BMW makes a jacking puck that you can install permanently (unlike the Corvette pucks that you have to remove). BMW makes them in two styles - round and rectangular. The round ones fit in the rear slotted holes.

BMW Pad: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Lift-Jack-Pad-BMW-M3-318-320-323-325-328-i-is-ti-E36_W0QQitemZ300271004754QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotors _Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories?hash=item45e98bec52&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245#ht_1675wt_1167

My CTS-V does not have slotted hole in the front so I can't use either the Corvette pucks or the BMW pucks. I found Mercedes pucks that can be adapted to fit the round holes in the front jacking locations.
Mercedes Pucks: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Jack-Pad-Mercedes-Benz-300e-CLK55-E430-E320-C230-SL500_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQ hashZitem3ef2c7ffb8QQitemZ270361165752QQptZMotorsQ 5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories#ht_3087wt_1167

Photos: Puck and Homemade washer to adapt to CTS-V.......... Mercedes puck Installed

AZstar
08-07-09, 07:48 AM
Hockey pucks with a large screw eye or a toggle bolt work fine in the slots on the frame. That's what I used when I jacked the V to do the caliper painting.

thatcoder
08-07-09, 05:21 PM
This is a picture of one of several brands of pucks. They just slip up into a slotted hole, and then you twist.
http://www.eliteengineeringusa.com/images/Red_Jacking_Pads-175x163.jpg

Some vette owners buy hockey pucks and add a big Eye bolt (really, it's that simple).
http://forums.corvetteforum.com/members/inthehunt2-albums-corvette-pricing-picture17719-mvc-019f.jpg


i'm trying to piece together the hockey pucks.

which of these bolts would i need? i understand a #4, but what goes on the other end? and what length is suitable?

62Jeff
08-07-09, 07:33 PM
i'm trying to piece together the hockey pucks.

which of these bolts would i need? i understand a #4, but what goes on the other end? and what length is suitable?

The vette guys just drill the puck all the way through, stick the eye bolt in it, and put a washer/nut on the other end. So the length of the bolt required is dictated by the depth of the puck you are using.

Latch
09-12-09, 10:00 PM
i'm trying to piece together the hockey pucks.

which of these bolts would i need? i understand a #4, but what goes on the other end? and what length is suitable?

I think "#4" is a standard length and thickness, which happens to be almost exactly the thickness of a puck. Just drill a small pilot hole all the way through, then the hook will screw into the rubber and stay.

Barry626
09-15-09, 12:49 AM
My CTS-V does not have slotted hole in the front so I can't use either the Corvette pucks or the BMW pucks.
Do u not have a 09 CTS-V? I do & I have all 4 slots for pucks.
I just ordered a Corvette metal "Steel" puck from a Ebay seller.

Low_ET
09-15-09, 06:07 PM
I have an '09 CTS-V.

I have slotted holes for pucks in the rear but the holes in the front are not the same. The front holes are slightly elongated round holes - much smaller than the rear slots. The puck won't fit the front holes. I tried that before I devised an alternate solution.

Low_ET

vjjack04
02-28-10, 09:39 PM
Has anyone found a floor jack that works on the CTS-V?

The regular CTS jacking points are covered by trim so we can't use the pinch weld jacking points shown in the owner's manual.

The shop manual (page 1-26) shows lifting by the torque boxes (front and rear). My floor jacks (I have three different ones) won't reach the torque boxes while clearing the lower trim.

By the way, I have RaceRamps. They work great, just not to get to the tires, brakes, etc.

I was searching for info on where to jack a CTS-V and came across this thread. I am interested in this and the diagram. It seems that one can jack the car under the front K frame as well as other points shown. Also, where do I go to get the service manual - is it a Helms?

GMX322V S/C
02-28-10, 09:54 PM
^^^
The official service manual is a 4 volume set published by GM North American Operations.

For great parts prices and service, I'd recommend contacting:

Luke Butler
Lindsay Cadillac
(703) 647-8670
lbutler@lindsaycadillac.com

Low_ET
02-28-10, 11:39 PM
I bought my Shop Manual Set directly from Helm. The four-volume set is $150. Part Number GMP09D.
http://www.helminc.com

Since then, I have heard that Lindsay Cadillac Parts gives better deals (like GMX322V S/C said).

FbodyOwnr
05-26-10, 03:22 AM
The diagram that was posted earlier does not show those slotted areas as jacking points. I have similar slotted areas on my 1988 Camaro. Those slots are used for towing and shipping of the car which is why they are reinforced. I am going to stick to the image that was posted until Helm releases the shop manual for my 2010.