Discussions, there are, on how best to jack up the 2015 2016 Honda Fit, for such chores like changing tires and oil changes. The owner’s manual points to the 4 reinforced jack points on the side rails, and these are all good, but jacking up the car one tire at a time with the scissor jack that comes with the car is time consuming and exhausting. There must be a better way.
We live in Toronto, Canada, where we have winter and summer. In winter we use snow tires and in summer we use all season (actually not very appropriate for any season) or summer tires. Twice a year we need to change tires. This requires jacking up the car, removing the wheels, then replacing them with the other set. The scissor jack that comes with the car is really time consuming and exhausting to use. We have a 2T hydraulic jack which makes jacking up the car really easy. So where should we place the jacks?
2015 2016 Honda Fit reinforced side rail jack points, very common on many cars.
Common on most cars are the reinforced side rail jack points, also called pinch welds. These are illustrated in the 2015 Honda Fit Owners manual. They are reinforced and make it easy to use the scissor jack, as the groove in the scissor jack fits the reinforced areas. Interestingly, someone on the Fit forum recommended using this side rail front jack point with a hydraulic jack to jack up the complete side of the car so that two wheels were in the air. I was a little surprised and thought it dangerous, but others have also said they do this with their cars. He did recommend to buy a side rail adapter for your hydraulic jack.
Using the hydraulic jack is so much easier. A couple of pumps and the car is up, rather than the 10 minutes for each tire with the scissor jack. I think I will try to make a side rail adapter out of a hockey puck for my hydraulic jack and try it for the Autumn tire change.
That being said, I’m still uncertain about jacking up one side of the car using only the front jack point. There’s a lot of pressure on only a single point, and this point is not even very well balanced. Maybe I’ll use the front jack point with the hydraulic jack to lift the front left and right tires individually, and not use the scissor jack.
2015 2016 Honda Fit jack points for raising the front or rear of the car, both wheels off the ground
Barring the use of the side jack points are the two center jack points, where you either lift the two front or two rear wheels of the car off the ground. I found the rear jack point to be very helpful and easy to find. Area #1 was to slanted for my hydraulic jack. Area #2 started to dent hte metal so I backed off. I finally used the tow hook, which made it easy. It took not more than 30 seconds to lift the rear of the car.
The front jack point, however is buried deep in the bottom of the car, aft of the engine and front wheels. If I put my ear to the ground I can barely see the jack point. As there is no more than 5.5″ of space under the car I could hardly get my hydraulic jack under there, and when I did there was no room to move the jack handle. One forum member said I needed to do many minute movements of the jack handle when the hydraulic jack is under the car. Maybe I’ll try it next time. A solution many car owners use is to drive the car up on 2x8s thereby lifting the car a couple of inches. This would help a lot in placing the hydraulic jack properly.
My jack stands are 13″ high, seemingly much higher than I want to lift my Fit, but they are recommended for safety if you want to go underneath the car. This summer I’ll need to do an oil change, so either need to buy ramps or jack the car up and put on jack stands.
2015 2015 Honda Fit rear jack points. I tried area #1 but it was to slanted. area #2 dented the metal, so had to use the tow hook. Photo by Don Tai
2015 2016 Honda Fit front jack point. It is really hard to see as the car is so low, only 5.5″
2010 Honda Fit front jack point. The 2015 2016 Honda Fit has a similar front jack point.
2017 Jan 23: I made some DIY wooden ramps and drove the car up. The front jack point is much easier to see now. Now that I have ramps I have less need to use the front jack point to do an oil change. Because I need the ramps in order to access the front jack point I am wondering how to change the front tires. Drive up on the ramps, use the hydraulic jack to jack the car up, remove the ramp and replace with a jack stand. That seems like a lot of work.
2016 Honda Fit, front jack point is easier to see when you use a 4.5″ high ramp. Make your own. Toronto, Canada, Photo by Don Tai
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