Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: West Coast Central Scotland
"where the plastic trim is cut away to allow the cup of the jack to sit."
That is the answer, you do not lift the car on the plastic trim.
Important Note, if you do have the one legged jack (real bad design) throw it away, and buy a 2 ton scissor jack (a decent strong well built one £16 to £25) from a cars spares shop.
Reason, the one legged jack design on most cars has a crap plastic pivot joint and can buckle off to one side if car slips, resulting in jack failure and collapse. Been there and done that, on another make of SUV. Its a nasty experience.
I now carry 2 ton scissors jack, and also carry two triangular wedges to prevent slippage. (Costs a fiver in Halfords, metal or plastic type, wedge under diagonally opposite wheels, that are not being jacked).
I now carry the scissor jack, along with brace, and two metal wedges. I keep them in a bag, suitably strapped in the boot.
If working underneath the car, use scissors jack, and alway use extra support for safety, either tripod metal support jacks, or large wood blocks, or use a workshop hydraulic arm jack as well as. The more the better. Safety is paramount.
Last edited by colinJYD; 28-03-17 at 08:06 PM.