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Old 06-02-2001, 10:42 PM
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hey you guys who does their own repair and services at home, how do you raise your car in your garage? do you just use a jack and 4 stands? i always have some problem when i tried to raise that third corner up (the car seems like its going to loose balance and drop). does anybody have any other way to raise the car? how about those ones they used in a shop that you push a bottom to operate (what ever they are called)? what is the cheapest one a weekend DIYer can put in their home?
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Old 06-02-2001, 10:47 PM
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I have 2 drive up ramps. I got them from pep boys for $30. They raise the car about 10 inches, but it seems like a lot more once you're under it. That's the best and cheapest way to do it, IMO.
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Old 06-02-2001, 11:08 PM
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You don't have to have 4 jacks but it is nice for doing a tire rotation (loosen the lugs before jacking up the car).

The imbalance you are getting can be completely avoided. After you have either the front half or the rear half up in the air and the jack stands in place, place the jack at a central location on the other end and lift from there. Otherwise you can possibly cause yourself (and the car) some serious harm from the car sliding off the jacks.

Usually you can find a solid frame area under the engine or the rear differential in the rear. Also, if you are only jacking up one end, its not a bad idea to use tire chalk-blocks in front of the tires on the other end preventing the car from moving when you lift the car.

One more tip, find or cut a 2/4 to fit inside or on top of the jack lifting point, my jack has a round bowl that rotates. I just cut some scrap wood to fit inside the bowl, that way the wood deforms rather than any metal on the car.

Last point, only lift on level surfaces.
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Old 06-02-2001, 11:12 PM
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i have those too. but for servicing the breaks and changing transmission fluid, i want/need the whole car up.
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Old 06-02-2001, 11:19 PM
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getting the Benz up

Apprentice I think what David ment was 2 sets of ramps put i set in front and one in back.Bob se.ks.
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Old 06-02-2001, 11:33 PM
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how do you fit the second set of ramp under the car and in front of the rear wheels??!!??
and roas, i guess i should at least buy a heavy duty,high quality jack (not the 2 1/2 ton jack from pepboys), but where underneath the car that can support the jack always troubles me. now i still use the MB jack to jack the car up so i can fit the stand underneath the rubber sport (where otherwise i will put the pepboy jack).
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Old 06-03-2001, 12:13 AM
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I use a 3 ton floor jack and 3 ton jack stands.

I jack the car up under the factory jacking points. I then place the jack stands under the frame of the car, and voila.

I also always keep the floor jack raised so that if by chance the thing falls, the floor jack will keep it from crushing me.

And when the car is raised, i make sure to shake it and rock it to see if it is stable. If I have the slightest hint of movement, I dont get under it until it is solid.

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Old 06-03-2001, 02:07 AM
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I agree with Ashman's idea. I think that is used somewhat commonly.

And Bobco was correct, I do have 4, but I wasn't thinking. I am only able to do this because my drive way is at an angle, and I pull the car halfway into the garage, thus more clearance under the center of the car to put the 2nd set of ramps.

I guess that wouldn't work for everyone though.

But Alon's idea is a good one (the 4 jack stands).
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Old 06-03-2001, 09:04 AM
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Make sure you do it

on LEVEL ground too!!!
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Old 06-03-2001, 10:26 AM
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Always, always, always keep SAFETY your priority. Use a highly rated 3 ton hydraulic floor jack to do the lifting. The same goes for the jack stands which will carry the load, 3 ton.

If you follow Ashman's advice, you won't go wrong. Just remember that you can't be too careful. Safety is and should be your first priority!!

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Old 06-03-2001, 10:40 AM
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I always like to

give the cars a good "shake" prior to getting underneath them to make sure everything is secure.
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Old 06-03-2001, 09:46 PM
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It might have been on another list, but the best advice I ever heard was to "stow" the tires under the car whenever you're jacking and working under the car. I use the jackstands if I'm going under the car but not for simple tire rotations. Putting the tires under the car keeps them out of the way, and just might save somebody's life someday. I'll sacrifice a rim for the extra protection on my body.
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Old 06-03-2001, 11:36 PM
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Great idea, Mike!!!
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That too is also a good idea. The tires, I always forget something hehe.

Yes Level ground. I have a nice flat driveway, and Tires under always.

And as I said I also always keep the floor jack raised as well taking a slight load, as extra protection.

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Old 06-04-2001, 12:47 AM
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THE best way to do it...


Raise the front end of the car first. Place the saddle of the floor jack under the front crossmember and raise it. Place your jackstands either under the rockers or on the frame rails. Make sure your parking brake is set. THEN move to the back of the car. Place the saddle under the differential and raise the rear end. Place the stands in the appropriate places and you're all set to go to work! By the way, the tires are a great idea. I would think stacking them, two at the front and two at the rear would work perfectly in the event that the car loses balance and falls.
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