Originally Posted by hotWheelz
Basically, he used a floor jack without a pinch rail adapter and crunched the pinch rail.
It really took 21 posts for someone to have the right answer? Really people? Well, I guess some of those was trying to point out stupidity to the stupid, which just seems like a waste of time to me.
Hotwheelz hit the nail on the head. You bent the pinch rail. A standard floor jack should be positioned under a frame rail or other solid bar. Generally, anything a tow hook is welded to is a solid point to put a jack under.
I don't put my jack right on the tow hook, but jack up the front of the car by that cross member and then place the jack stands under it as well at either side.
However, OP, sadly, you are incapable of using a manual because you failed to realize that the stock location for jacking up the car is for use with the stock jack only (or other jack with a pinch rail adapter). I will say that I contemplated placing my floor jack there, but thought better of it because the idea of trying to flat lift that spot seemed like a bad idea to me. About 6 inches beyond that point is another rail that a floor jack can lift the entire side of the car from.