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Inside rail near jack point bent

Last fall, I noticed my mechanic somehow managed to ruin my driver side front jack point, to the point the pinch weld is bulging so much the OEM jack doesn't fit anymore. Today, I tried to lift the vehicle using a pinch weld adapter block with slightly wider grooves, and the inside rail just disappeared into a pile of dust.

Is this just a cosmetic issue, or are there structural concerns? What would be the safe way to lift that section? They do use road salt here, and while the other jack points/rails seem to be fine, I'm concerned I'll run into the same issue.



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The FSM specifies using rubber adapter blocks when lifting on those points, possibly to prevent damaging the corrosion protection. I would not expect that you can use this a lift/jack stand point any longer, so from that perspective it is a structural issue. I am not even sure where you would take it for evaluation. The dealer may be able to assess, but a collision repair facility might be a better bet. Regardless, you need to do something to arrest that rust or it will keep eating its way into your truck.


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That damage is not anything dangerous. It's where the rocker panel connects to the under body. I would get it fixed for sure tho. As far as lifting goes you can use the frame. Do you park it on grass often? That is some pretty bad rust for such a young car.
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That damage is not anything dangerous. It's where the rocker panel connects to the under body. I would get it fixed for sure tho. As far as lifting goes you can use the frame. Do you park it on grass often? That is some pretty bad rust for such a young car.
Always parked in a closed (but vented/unfinished) garage, but I do live in an area which is known to use more salt than Burger King.

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Always parked in a closed (but vented/unfinished) garage, but I do live in an area which is known to use more salt than Burger King.

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Where you park apparently isn't the issue, where you drive is. As mentioned the jack point isn't a concern, the extensive rust certainly is. I'd suggest you have the underneath thoroughly inspected for rusted frame parts and their attachments.

While checking my '06's rear alignment I found the rear subframe almost rotted thru near the front left end. If I couldn't have bought a used one and replaced it myself the car would have been a parts car. All other areas were okay.

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Well the pinch rail is rusted out so using that is out of the question and any pressure will bend it further. You can use the frame which runs the length of the pinch rail. Just look under the car and you will see a frame rail that is about 2 inches wide further in of the pinch rail.

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I have the same problem. I am going to cut the rusted rocker out and replace it with rectangle tube. I don't think anyone will even know if I don't tell them.

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