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Tires get rotates every spring / fall when winter tires gets swapped..
I am not comfortable using anything less than a 3 tonne jack for the front.
If you lift at the regular spots behind the wheel (at the frame), then yes the jack will need to open to near full capacity.
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I have a 2-ton low profile jack from Harbor Freight that I have used to get the truck up in the air. It worked just fine. The bigger issue for me was my jack stands. They were at near full extension on the X. To be fair, the jack stands and jack were purchased for my BMW 3-series and well before we had the X.
 

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I've always put a piece of treated 4x4 piece of wood between the Jack and frame rail to act as a spacer and lifted it up there. I use a HF low profile 3ton steel Jack to lift up something heavy as the MDX though.

Living in the snow states, I wanna save my pinch weld lift points for when I may actually need it when I get a flat and I'm on the side of the road.
 

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DiscountTire locally will rotate and balance for free..

Even tires I didn't buy there.
 

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The Jack.....It's an old azz Sears Floor Jack. Bought it back in the early 80's.....works just fine. Now as to Jack Stands....I use the 6 Ton stands that I got from Northern Tool on sale with a coupon. The 3 ton stands were extended out too far for me to be safe. The 6 Ton stands are tall enough with spare room. I only do fluid changes and brake replacements....I take to Kaufman for tire service (rotate & balance). Just make sure the tire folks use a Torque wrench to tighten bolts.
 

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which harbor freight 3 ton do you guys have? lifting range good enough to lift up one side at the time?
 

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which harbor freight 3 ton do you guys have? lifting range good enough to lift up one side at the time?
I have a Harbor Freight 3 ton low profile jack that I use on my 3rd Gen. They have 3 model numbers for what is essentially the same jack with the same specs: 61282, 62326, and 61253. I find that I'm just about maxing out the jack's height when lifting from the central jacking points at the front and rear of the MDX. I also use a hard rubber hockey puck in the jack's saddle as a buffer.

Harbor Freight sells another 3 ton jack that lifts even higher, model number 63183. It's about twice as expensive and heavier, but the quality is likely better. If I worked on my vehicles more frequently, I definitely would have considered going with this upgraded model.

Though I have done it once myself on my MDX, most of the time I have a shop rotate my tires on my cars. If I'm already doing other work (fluid changes, brake jobs) that require me to lift the car and I'm close to the tire rotation interval, then I'll just go ahead and do it.
 

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which harbor freight 3 ton do you guys have? lifting range good enough to lift up one side at the time?
http://m.harborfreight.com/3-ton-low-profile-steel-heavy-duty-floor-jack-with-rapid-pump-61253.html?utm_referrer=direct%2Fnot%20provided

These go on sale all the time so find a coupon or wait for a sale.

I have this and a 2ton aluminum for my smaller cars.
 

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http://m.harborfreight.com/3-ton-low-profile-steel-heavy-duty-floor-jack-with-rapid-pump-61253.html?utm_referrer=direct%2Fnot%20provided

These go on sale all the time so find a coupon or wait for a sale.

I have this and a 2ton aluminum for my smaller cars.

Thank you.
 

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I use a 3 ton Black Jack from Costco.

Been using it for years even when I had a half ton truck.

I swap between summers and winters, I have never had issues with lifting my MDX
 

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DiscountTire locally will rotate and balance for free..

Even tires I didn't buy there.
I think they are getting away from this if you don't have a set of tires from there. I went in a few weeks ago, just before I moved from IL since all my tools were packed up, with my truck and they wanted to charge me $40. I said no, he asked what was fair and did it for $30 and checked balance on all 4 as well and balanced out the ones that needed it. Odd because I have been buying tires there for over 20 years. First time I ever got charged for a rotation, like you said they didn't care if the were there tires or not.
 

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You guys do know it's not safe to work under a car with a jack alone. Please use reliable jack stands when working under a car. We want to make sure you stick around. Now most of you will say a jack alone is fine, but do you remember that guy called Murphy and this theory? Just saying...
 

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You guys do know it's not safe to work under a car with a jack alone. Please use reliable jack stands when working under a car. We want to make sure you stick around. Now most of you will say a jack alone is fine, but do you remember that guy called Murphy and this theory? Just saying...
I must concur, if you don't know what you're doing and/or don't have the appropriate equipment, then stay away from jacking up your 4.5 ton MDX (i.e. goto Discount Tire etc.)- life is too fragile!

<center><img src=http://i701.photobucket.com/albums/ww20/elano2000/JackStands.jpg></center>
 

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Priscillababy the MDX does not weight 4.5Ton, I think you confused 4500lbs with Metric, The Metric weight for the 2G MDX is 2-2.1Ton and the weight is F60/R40 Split so each axle is more or less 1 ton.. I jack up my car with a 4 ton shop floor jack which is 2x the capacity of the whole vehicle.
 

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Priscillababy the MDX does not weight 4.5Ton, I think you confused 4500lbs with Metric, The Metric weight for the 2G MDX is 2-2.1Ton and the weight is F60/R40 Split so each axle is more or less 1 ton.. I jack up my car with a 4 ton shop floor jack which is 2x the capacity of the whole vehicle.
LOL- I've always confused 1 ton in my mind as being equivelent to 1000lbs. when in actuality it's 2000lbs!!!

so yes the 2nd gen MDX does not weigh 9000 lbs, it only ways about 4000-4500 lbs. (or the equivalence of 1 Mama June pre-gastric bypass surgery)

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hahahahahahahahaha poor mama june...
 
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