How to Lift a Ford Escape

by Richard Ristow
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Under-the-vehicle repairs require lifting a Ford Escape and crawling beneath the vehicle. This includes even simple maintenance tasks like changing the Escape's oil and oil filter. There are safe ways to raise an Escape--and there are methods that are dangerous. Not everybody has access to motorized, hydraulic lifts, nor should they get beneath a car supported only by a hand-cranked jack. One of the most reliable ways involves using jack stands.

Step 1

Come to a full stop on a flat surface. Activate the emergency brake. If the Escape uses a stick shift, put it in reverse. If the Escape is an automatic, move the gear shifter into park. Turn the engine off and remove the key from the ignition.

Step 2

Block the wheel diagonally opposite from the first wheel to be lifted. Place wheel chocks in front and in back of the this wheel.

Step 3

Place the car jack at a suitable jacking point. The Escape has jacking points prefigured to fit the original Ford-supplied hand-cranking jack. Never try lifting the Escape by placing the jack under a differential.

Step 4

Lift the Escape high enough so that a jack stand slides into a suitable, safe jacking point. Then lower the Escape onto the stand.

Repeat these steps until the vehicle is safely and securely on jack stands.

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