Are you planning to change your engine oil or perhaps rotate your tires, and want to know how to properly jack your Ford Fusion, like where you should put the jack? You’ve come to the right place, for we have researched this question and have the answer for you.
There are specific areas under your Ford Fusion where you need to position your jack. Look for two pinch weld areas right behind the front tires or in front of the rear tires. It usually hangs a little lower than the other pinch weld or has a notch so that a jack stand can support that area with minimal movement.
Knowing where to place the jack is just half of the story. Learn about how to correctly raise your car and the different tools you need in the succeeding sections. Read on!
How to jack up a Ford Fusion?
Follow the steps below to jack up your Ford Fusion.
Preparing Your Vehicle
- Park your Ford Fusion on level ground. It is preferable if you park it on concrete. The jack stands could sink into the asphalt if it is a hot day. Similarly, it is not a good idea to jack up your car on the grass, soil, gravel, sand, and other soft surfaces.
- Turn off your car's engine and remove the key from the ignition.
- Place your car on “Park (P)” if you have an automatic transmission or on first gear if you have a manual transmission.
- Engage the parking brakes or emergency brakes.
- Make sure that the steering wheel is straight.
- Place a chock in the front and back of both rear wheels if you need to jack up the front of your Fusion. Place the chock on the front wheels if you’re working on the back of the car.
- If you’re planning to remove one or more of your wheels, loosen the lug nuts but do not remove them from the wheel. Lug nuts or wheels nuts are the nuts that attach your wheels to your car. Removing the lug nuts completely will eliminate the support that keeps your wheels in place. They can slide off your car and drop your car to the ground, damaging it.
A chock is a wedge or a block that you use to prevent the tires of your Fusion from rolling or sliding while you’re jacking it up or working on your car. You can use a block of wood as chocks.
Preparing Your Equipment
- Double-check your jack stands. Make sure that they don’t have any loose or damaged parts. Check the locks and pins. Make sure that they can secure the jack stand to a specific height. Use jack stands that are rated for the weight of your vehicle.
- Test the floor jack. Raise it to a specific height with test weight and lower it once more. Make sure that it can raise your test weight without problems.
- Different models of Ford Fusion can have different lifting points. Thus, it is a good idea to consult your owner's manual to find out the location of the lifting points on your Fusion.
Jacking Up Your Fusion
- Locate the areas under your Fusion that are made to support your floor jack. These are reinforced areas and should have notches or a pinch weld that is slightly lower than the rest of the chassis.
- Line up the jack with the lifting points of your Ford Fusion. If you have side skirts on your Fusion, use a hockey puck or a block of wood to extend the distance between the jack and the side of your car. This will prevent the jack from damaging or crushing the side skirts.
- Position the jack perpendicularly with the body of your Fusion. Make sure that the center of the hockey puck or wood block is centered on the lifting point. Slowly lift the jack to touch the lifting spot and check the hockey puck or block of wood again and make sure that they are centered. Place a piece of plywood under your floor jack if you’re working on your driveway made of asphalt or pavers. This will prevent your jack from sinking your pavers or from sinking into the asphalt.
- Pump the jack until it reaches your desired height. If you only need to work on the wheels, you don’t need to raise your Fusion beyond a couple of inches above the ground.
- Place your jack stands under your Fusion and line them up to the lifting spots or pinch welds. Place a piece of plywood under the jack stands if you’re working on your driveway with an asphalt or paver surface.
- Extend your jack stands to the desired height. Secure jack stands with the provided pin or clip.
- Place a piece of rag on top of the jack stands to protect the pinch weld or notches under your Fusion.
- Repeat Steps 5 to 7 to position the jack stand on the other wheel.
- Rotate the floor jack handle slowly to lower the car on the jack stands.
- Tug your car to check that it is stable on the jack stands.
- Pump your floor jack until it is barely touching the lifting points. This is a safety procedure. In case one of the jack stands malfunctions, your floor jack will be able to support the weight of your Fusion.
Lowering Down Your Fusion
Once you’re done working on your Fusion, it is time to get it down.
- Jack up your Fusion by an inch or an inch and a half.
- Release your Jack stand’s lock to lower it.
- Slowly rotate the handle of your floor jack counterclockwise to lower your car. You don’t want to suddenly drop your Fusion to the ground.
Can you jack up a car by the differential?
This is one of the most undying debates between mechanics of different ages and years of professional experience.
Mechanics have different opinions regarding this question. Some will say that you can, while some will say that you should not. A third group would prefer to be on the safe side and tell you to check the owner's manual.
When you jack up your car from the differential, you support the car from the center of the differential with only the center of the floor jack keeping balance. While this is relatively safe, it is not completely safe.
Thus, it is best to stick to the book. If your user manual says it is safe to jack up your car from the differential, then it is safe to do so. If not, then it is best to jack it up on the places where they recommend.
They designed your car. Thus, they should know where the strong and weak points are—where it is safe to jack up your car.
Where is the spare tire on a 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid?
The spare tire on a 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid is under the floor panel of the trunk. Lift the floor panel from the trunk lock side to access the spare tire.
Does a 2017 Ford Fusion have a spare tire?
A 2017 Ford Fusion does not have a spare tire from the factory. Instead of a spare tire, this model comes with a tire repair kit that includes a styrofoam insert.
What are the different types of jacks?
There are several types of jacks that you can use to raise your Ford Fusion. If you don’t have a floor jack like the one on the steps above, you can look for the jack that you have on the list below and follow the steps on how to use it.
This type of jack is commonly included in new vehicles. It has a diamond shape and a large screw inserted horizontally in the middle. To use this, rotate the screw to raise or lower the jack.
A bottle jack uses hydraulic force to lift your car.
Check the relief valve and make sure that it is closed before you start to use the bottle jack. Unscrew the top to the recommended length. Insert the handle and pump until you get the height that you want.
These jacks are commonly used for heavier vehicles like trucks and buses. This is not something that you will likely find in your garage unless you have a truck.
A pneumatic jack uses air to lift your vehicle. Simply press the valve to let air into the jack. The jack will lift your car as the air fill the airbags.
To lower your car, simply press the valve to release the air and deflate the airbags.
The lifting point in Ford Fusion can be different across different models. It is best to check your Ford Fusion owner's manual to get the exact location.
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