The “Mazda” OEM scissor jack, that in some markets may be located in the right-side trunk compartment, but is not provided as standard equipment here in the U.S. (gram strategy? – we get a tire repair kit with a 12-volt air pump and a can of sealer instead), incorporates a slot to surround the frame rail to concentrate the load away from the seam. If you are considering adding the jack and mounting it in it’s dedicated spot, read more about that here.
According to both the User’s Manual and the Owner’s Manual for the 124 Spider, the car lifting location points are marked on the side skirts with the ▼ symbols. I have yet to find them. See the diagrams at the end of this article for Mazda’s recommended lifting locations.
Since the Fiat 124 Spider Service Manual* published by Mopar’s Tech Authority is of no use regarding vehicle jacking and/or lift-up positions (the simplest maintenance procedure of all and the $135+ manual states “WORK IN PROGRESS”), here’s an excerpt from Mazda’s MX-5 manual instead…
2016 – MX-5 – JACKING POSITIONS, VEHICLE LIFT (2 SUPPORTS) AND SAFETY STAND (RIGID RACK) POSITIONS
- To prevent obstruction between the jack body and front bumper when the jack body is inserted, use a low-floor type jack.
Vehicle Lift-up Positions
Front and rear
- Both sides of the vehicle, on side sills around pinch welds.
* If Mopar would like to make available to me a revised CD copy of the Service Manual that is truly ready for publication (there should not be “WORK IN PROGRESS” statements throughout a released document, especially when complementary updates are not included in the purchase!), I’ll revise my critique 😉
Tim H. has just advised me that Mopar/Tech Authority has announced that after having been made aware that the CD wasn’t yet ready for distribution back in late February and pulling it from their site, they have made the completed edition available once again, with the same part # 81-270-17084-CD. Thank you Tim.