Mercedes-Benz E-Class and E-Class AMG: How to Jack Up Your Car

If you're planning to work underneath your car, then placing four jack stands at the jack points will give you added room to work and provide a safe working area. The hardest part is finding alternate jack points for your jack stands.

By Peter Sessler - May 4, 2015

This article applies to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and E-Class AMG (2002-2009).

Finding you car's jack points is easy because the Mercedes-Benz E-Class uses a removable cover that is situated right above each of the jack points. Once the protective cover is removed, the OEM jack fits right in the tube and the car can be raised. That's fine, but the problem arises when you have to raise the car completely off the ground. To do that, you need to place four jack stands, one for each OEM position, and use a hydraulic floor jack. The easiest way is to find alternate jack points underneath the car.

Materials Needed

  • Four jack stands
  • Hydraulic floor jack
  • Wheel chocks

These are the typical side jacking points used for the OEM jack.

  • Figure 1. Side covers are circled in red.
  • Figure 2. Close up of jacking point the OEM jack fits into.

Step 1 – Prepare the work area

Your work area should be well lit and the floor should also be straight and true. Remove any clutter that is in the way and then place a jack at each corner of the the car. There should also be sufficient working space around the hydraulic floor jack.

Figure 3. This floor jack has a capacity of two tons – well within the limits of the car.

Step 2 – Find the rear alternate lift points

Begin by engaging the parking brake and placing a wheel chock at each front wheel. An alternate lift point at the rear of the car is the rear axle (see Figure 4). Place your hydraulic floor jack in the middle of the axle and start pumping the jack. When you have reached the optimum height, place your two jack stands at the factory points. It is important that you place the hydraulic floor jack in the exact center because if you don't, the car will lean to one side.


You must chock the front wheels first; otherwise, the car can roll once you've lifted the rear up.

With the rear of the car resting on the two jack stands, you can now move to the front of the car.

  • Figure 4. Rear jacking location on axle.
  • Figure 5. Jack stands placed at rear.

Step 3 – Find the front alternate mounting points

You can use the left and right front lower control arms as the alternate jacking points by using the inner control arm points. Use the hydraulic jack to raise one side and slide one of the jack stands in place; then do the same for the other side.

Alternatively, you might find just one jacking point located at the front center of the underbody, as shown in Figure 6.

  • Figure 6. Jacking up the front.
  • Figure 7. Jack stands placed near front.

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