Ever come across a situation where you just know things are not going to end well? I found myself in this position yesterday as I was driving out to grab a bite for lunch. As I was hustling through the neighborhood I spied this 1996 Ford Taurus up on jack stands in someones driveway and just had to snap a picture. From the looks of it the owner was either replacing the rear shocks or doing some type of exhaust work in an effort to save a few pennies. Now believe me when I tell you that I’m all for working on your own ride, but I’m also a big fan of safety when it comes to doing so.
By the looks of it the owner has a total of 4 jack stands under the car in various positions, as well as a floor jack under the rear of the car. My issue though is with the angle that the car is sitting at. While the car looks to be relatively level, in reality it was on more or less a 10-degree angle with all the weight being placed on those rear stands. Now I don’t know about you, but there is no way that I’d place myself under that car, as one slip or bump to the single front stand means that this Taurus would make a sandwich out of whomever was working on it. I’ve seen cars fall from jack stands and when they do they come down HARD, so please, do us all a favor and use this photo as an example of what not to do.