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Was wondering if someone could tell me the technical terms for what needs to happen to properly lift a Solstice. If I drop the car off at Bubba's Garage for instance, what do I tell him so he understands what to do and not do?
 

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I would tell them to use the same lift they use for a corvette, to be safe however I would at a minimum have 4 hockey pucks to protect all 4 quadrants.. I would also show them the panels AND that they are intact and NOT damaged..
 

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I think it's a total [email protected] shoot. I've had mine damaged three or four times now, I'm losing track. :cryin:

I have a local Chevy dealer that has never damaged the panels, and I feel like I can trust them to do decent work... thank goodness. But I had a real bad experience with another dealership up north who said they knew how to lift it and that they had experience lifting Corvettes, they were horrible. They crushed both sides and claimed it was already that way when I brought it in. BS! :brentil:

Another time I went into a tire retail chain, warned them to be careful, provided the page from the manual with the lift points and they still managed to damage the car saying that it slipped off the lift. At least the tire place paid for the damage, which is more than I can say for that Chevy dealer. The pictures and manual reference above, along with bringing your own lift pucks is the most you can do. Good luck.
 

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. The pictures and manual reference above, along with bringing your own lift pucks is the most you can do. Good luck.

I think the MOST you can do is show the tech that there is no damage, have him sign a piece of paper stating no damage, and then video them lifting the car. Of course if you insist on this, most will say take your car elsewhere. The honest ones should have no problem complying with the request though.
 

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Pick the right mechanic and he should know where to lift, but watch him and give him directions if it looks like he is not aware. Had mine lifted many times at the GMC/Buick dealer which was the Pontiac dealer where I purchased mine and never had any damage. Just had my tires replaced at a Goodyear dealer and the technician set the lift as per the service manual w/o any problem and no damage. He actually was on his back on the floor to check locations before lifting.

Just need the right shop.
 

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Well, I chickened out. :-/

Took it to a local service station to get my VA state inspection done. Waited in line for over an hour. I was next in line and saw the tech just shoving a generic floor jack under the car in front of me and decided to split. Maybe it would have been fine but I didn't want to chance it.

There's a GMC dealer near me that used to be a Pontiac dealer. That's where I've been taking the car so far and never had ANY problems with them. But they're in Maryland, and can't do a VA inspection. I found a GMC dealer in VA but they are closed on the weekend. I'll call them Monday and see if they can handle the inspection.

I guess I should buy a set of those lift pads and keep them in the trunk in case I get a flat tire or something in the future? Can someone point me to a place I can get a set online? Or do I just get them from the dealer?

Hopefully Monday I can get this thing inspected!
 

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Good luck.

I found a GMC dealer in VA but they are closed on the weekend. I'll call them Monday and see if they can handle the inspection.
There's absolutely no guarantee that a random GM dealership will be any better than "Joe's Garage" in this respect. Living in a non-socialist state, am baffled by why the bureaucrats in Virginia feel the need to jackup the car for an annual "inspection"?
 

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If you were a dealer and lifting a bunch of kappas and/or vettes daily, those would be a dandy investment, but you can get to the same place with some hockey pucks and some eye bolts for a lot less hard-earned bucks.

I'll see if I can find some examples and post a picture later, I'm on my tablet right now.

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Thanks for the link! So, if I understand, you need these under the car any time you lift it? Or only if you're putting it on a lift? The hockey pucks link says they slip if you're using a floor jack. The inspection station I went to today was using a floor jack. What would have happened if he'd floor jacked the car without one of those pad adapters? I don't think it would have hit the fenders looking at the lift points but I'm a noob.
 

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What would have happened if he'd floor jacked the car without one of those pad adapters? I don't think it would have hit the fenders looking at the lift points but I'm a noob.
The answer is: it depends on the pad on the floor jack and where he decided to lift at. If he misses the front lift point by a bit, he can cause a bunch of damage.
 

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There's absolutely no guarantee that a random GM dealership will be any better than "Joe's Garage" in this respect. Living in a non-socialist state, am baffled by why the bureaucrats in Virginia feel the need to jackup the car for an annual "inspection"?
Or why they even need to inspect the car? Sounds just like a revenue source to me.
 

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