New Tires and Jack Stands
I got a call from Costco on Friday that my special order Bridgestone tires were in. They are having a special promotion and I needed new tires and the price was best one around, including Tire Rack and Discount Tire. So, I am wrestling with the option of taking the car in to Costco and let the their service guys do the heavy work of raising the vehicle and removing the wheels or doing that myself at home and just bring the wheels in. I decided on the latter.
My first problem is how to put the 360 on jack stands. Easy task to place the jack stands under the front of the car ... but the rear is more problematic as I do not want to remove the belly pan. There is only a single circular cut-out in the belly pan to access the rear lifting point, and that is the point I used for my floor jack. After examining the undercarriage, it appeared that a good spot to position my jack stand is to support the rear lower arm / hub holder. I jack the car up with my floor jack, removed the rear wheel and used a block of wood under the lower arm assembly to support the car on the jack stand. Wow, I don't like this set-up, but I cannot find a more suitable place. I don't like the way one has to balance the car like this. Part of the problem is the typical jack stand has a curved cast iron recess to rest a suspension component in. The Ferrari does not lend itself to that. A better solution would be jack stands with flat, circular rubber pads.
Anyway, I get the car on jack stands after many minutes of assuring a good solid balance. I got the wheels off, remove the old wheel weights and cart them off to Costco. The guys at Costco know how to remove and mount tires, but there was nary a torque wrench in sight. I observed how their techs tightened wheel lugs on a Lexus using their impact wrench. ( Should I say over tightened). I got the answer I expected to my question about why they did not hand torque the lug nuts ... they have set the impact wrench to the appropriate torque. I did not argue with them as that would be fruitless.
So, I am happy with my decision to take the wheels in for tire mounting and not the entire car as it allows me the opportunity to correctly torque the wheel studs and also clean the inside of the rims and the suspension components ... but I really need to get some better jack stands if I am going to do this again. I would also like to hear from others how they support the rear of the car on jack stands.