So my wife's car is getting pretty close to have to bleed the brakes. I've managed so far using ramps to change oils, filters, etc. but now I need to be able to lift her 2007 IS 250 RWD so that multiple wheels can come off. I have the Lexus Service Manual and it does show the jack point (front is near the oil pan at the cross member, rear is at the differential) with jackstand location at the pinch welds where the oem scissor jack is used.
With the above understanding and the fact I searched all over the place, I can't seem to get the good answer. Here are some questions and issues I'm hoping you can help out:
1. Jackpoint near the oil pan is too deep for standard hydraulic jack to reach. I guess I can put the car on ramp, or 2x4, or use the scissor jack but is there a better way?
2. Is there better jack stand location other than the pinch weld? I don't want to bend it.
3. I've seen some suggest the underside frame rail but I've also saw a post someone dinged it inwards towards the rear when used as a jackpoint since these frame rails in the rear are not doubled up with steel. Does this mean this is not a good spot for the jackstand?
4. Are there a specific jack stand that can accomodate the pinch weld location?
5. If pinch weld location is used for jacking or jack stand, should I be concerened about the plastic cover for the side skirt that is present? It appears there's a clip I can take off and bend that section out so that cover won't be used as part of the jackpoint/jackstand but it seems to be a hassel.
6. I came across this option but working underneath the car with scissor jack makes me nervous. What do you think?
7. I've seen a special jack that allows you to jack and then insert a special jack stand at the pinch weld section but the cost is $300/pair. Way too much. However, I'm willing to spend upto $100 if my current jack/jackstand won't work.
Thanks in advance for your help.