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Old 03-06-2011, 08:16 AM   #1
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Dumb Question...Oil Change

How do you guys lift your car safely to change the oil? I barely fit under the car while it's on the ground (no drop) but it's too uncomfortable.

I just really want to make sure the car won't fall on me while I'm under it...


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Old 03-06-2011, 08:35 AM   #2
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there is like a unibody frame rail thats in the shape of a T or an L i forget. if you go were the fender meets the rocker look under you will see it. jack up from close to the subframe then put a jack stand under the car close to the jack but you will be on the part that runs parallel to the rocker/exhaust tunnel.
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Or you could get some ramps from autozone and do it tht way
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I would suggest ramps, more stable than jacking it. and stock height shouldn't be a problem getting it on them. Mine won't clear the ramps by themselves so I have to put the ramps outside the garage and use that slight lip at the edge of the garage floor for the extra clearance.
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:11 PM   #6
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Well, I use ramps as well, but it can be a real PITA if you have a manual to get the car gently up them and stopped (I have gorilla or rhino ramps. Heck I can't remember anymore. There black plastic stuff). I made ramp extenders that make driving up on the ramps super easy. And if your lowered the front will still clear. If you want details I can take some pics. other than that a jack and jack stands are easiest!
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:21 PM   #7
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+1 on the ramps. And get the extenders. It makes the incline more gradual (thus easier to get up on 'em) and it prevents from crunching any low skirting on a car.

If you have an inclined driveway, it's a real plus (but not strictly necessary). Back the car up the driveway, facing down the incline. Put the ramps in front and drive onto 'em. That way when you change the oil, you'll get more oil to drain out.

I'd recommend using a spotter to help. I've never overdriven a ramp... and I'd never want to.
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I did overdrive the ramps, that's why I made the extenders. (i could not find a suitable 'extended' ramp retail other than ones made for garden tractors)
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Posted via FF Mobile Yup, get the ramps, they pretty cheap too. Just make sure you put them on a flat surface and they have a good grip.
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One of the pluses of working at a shop, I can use the lifts there to do my oil change.
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