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I've just jacked my car up to change a tyre and I've notice that at some point in its life, some douche must have jacked the rear end of the car up (lifting both wheels) without using the proper jacking point. This has left a mark on the rear cross-beam which got me wondering about whether jacking a car up in the wrong place (ie, not using the correct jacking points) could damage the chassis to an extent that a vehicle may be classed as 'not road worthy' or fail an MOT etc.

Just wondered as my imagination has run wild and I'm not 100% sure. Plus, given my hyperchondriac state, I was thinking that when my MOT is due some hawk-eye tester might fail it for it lol.

Thoughts please.....

Thanks,

Chris.
 

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Does the outer casing for the torsion beam actually move?
 

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MOTs regard the quality of the chassis to ensure its is not hole, rusty or seriously weakened.
...or damaged in such a way to seriously affect structural rigidity.

What do you mean by the cross beam anway ???
2007 HONDA CIVIC 2.2 TYPE S FLOOR/INNER PANELS - Honda Original Parts from Lings Honda v1.01

Slightly squashed or out of shape I wouldnt think is a problem.... but box section that is flattened would probably be an issue.
Take it i if you are concerned.... put your mind at rest one way or another.
 

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Cheers for that link Relic. I think Its number 37 on that diagram

By Damaged I ment slightly dented/flattened. It's been through an MOT with it before though but it just irritates me as I know someone has taken the easy route and not jacked it up correctly.
 

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I think slightly dented is fine... flattened probably not so good.
Id prob do the same and pop in a garage :lol:

No signs of chipping or anything.... could be rock or road debris like a fox head rather than a jacking fail ;)
 

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Back from the garage now and the MOT man said I need to stop worrying. I cant help it. I like to keep my things in perfect condition.

He put it on a ramp for me and we put a spirit level across it to prove it was straight and hadnt been knocked out of shape etc. The dent/s flatness are really small, talking no more than 12mm (3 of them). It looks like they've started to jack it up, noticed its impacting on the cross member and stopped before they've taken any more weight on the jack, thankfully.

Panic over! I've checked the depth of the spare wheel well all around aswell and theres no discrepancies in that so I guess that shows that it's still in the right shape.

cheers again Relic.

Chris.
 

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No problem mate... :panic: :lol:
Glad you can sleep now without nightmares ;)

I'm the same evrytime the wife takes the car out I check it over with a fine tooth comb loking for dent after :laugh:
 
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