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View Poll Results: Ramps vs. Jack for DIY Oil Change
Ramps 63 67.02%
Jack 24 25.53%
Other (post your creative ways!) 7 7.45%
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Old 08-21-2011, 03:29 PM   #21
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Yes but answer only important if ask right question. Karate kid quote, I couldn't help it.
Re-read the original post, then see if you can figure out the original question.

The post wasn't about changing wheels or tires...it was specifically about doing oil changes. For an oil change on this car you can't beat a ramp. Drive up the ramps in 10 seconds, do the oil change, drive down ramps.

Easier than a jack and stands in every way.

For reference, I used the ramps when doing the oil change, and used a jack and stands for rotating the tires and cleaning up the wheels after the undercoat. Both have advantages, but only for specific things. This car is *kind* of a pain to use a normal jack with since there's plastic everywhere.
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Jacks all the way! They're compact, portable, can be stowed with the car, easy to use and don't require your car to be in any kind of running condition. But if I'm at home, its jacks then stands or ramp.

For example if you blow a tire on the road, you can just whip out some ramps.
I think the OP was referring to floor jacks... you wouldn't carry one of those around in your car (on a daily basis) any more than you'd carry ramps. I have ramps, jackstands, and a floor jack... I use them all (not at the same time). Quick oil changes are definitely a job for ramps though.

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Old 08-21-2011, 04:17 PM   #23
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Well I just drive onto my lift and a push of a button up goes the car! :)
I second this and couldn't agree more! If my buddy's vette wasn't taken over my 4 post we'd have choices!


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I've used ramps on the Focus, no problems. But I still use stands for extra safety. Too much at stake, you know?

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The question is which do you prefer for DIY oil changes...
Question read. Fully understood. Offered opinion on why jackstands are better *because* they can do more than just oil changes. And that's really the important part to consider when purchasing equipment to get up under your car.
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Yep, Ramps are useless for rotating tires
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The question is which do you prefer for DIY oil changes... not taking the wheels off (although that should be obvious). Ramps are better for quick jobs (that don't involve suspension components), jackstands are better for everything else, unless you have access to a lift.

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I understood the question, but made it clear I multi-task and rotate my tires every oil change, therefore I use a jack and stands. I've had two cars that wouldn't go up on ramps, a 442 with wide oval tires would push the ramps unless I braced them on something and a Miata, but they're just a PITA to do anything on. Using tire chocks, the jack and stands takes me less than 5 minutes.
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Thanks for all the feedback guys!

I have a set of ramps on hold at Advanced Auto Parts that I'm picking up tomorrow.
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I use ramps to get my car high enough to get the jack under it, then I use jack and jack stands.
I go with a good ole 2X4 so I can get a jack under it. Then its jacks and jackstands.
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:42 AM   #30
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I understood the question, but made it clear I multi-task and rotate my tires every oil change, therefore I use a jack and stands. I've had two cars that wouldn't go up on ramps, a 442 with wide oval tires would push the ramps unless I braced them on something and a Miata, but they're just a PITA to do anything on. Using tire chocks, the jack and stands takes me less than 5 minutes.
Hey, if I rotated my tires with every oil change (which I probably should start doing) I would use jackstands also!


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