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Old 08-20-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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Ramps vs. Jack for DIY Oil Change

Hey everyone,

I wanted to get your opinions on using ramps instead of a jack for home oil changes. I want to try to perform the basic maintenance myself on my new Foci. My ramp concern: Is the oil drain plug located in such a way so the entire oil pan drains completely? And, I'm assuming the Foci will clear most ramps.

Also, I found a good deal on a well reviewed ramp.

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I've always used ramps, it's a much safer way to change as long as you don't go over the ramp or not far enough. But it's safer for you once you are under there. There are no interference issues.
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i use a jack and jack stands. i would prefer ramps but the ones i have i can't get the car on because the bumper hits them.
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i use a jack and jack stands. i would prefer ramps but the ones i have i can't get the car on because the bumper hits them.
Very good point. Some of them are too steep. I used to have that problem with an old set of metal ones I had. The rhino ones I have now are much longer and I've had no problems with my last 4 cars, MINI cooper, HHR SS, Subaru WRX and now the Fiesta.
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I use ramps on the focus, our mustangs are too low for ramps so jack and stands are the only way after driving up on homemade ramps to clear the jack...
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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.
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Ramps are for the win. They make the job real easy and they are safer then a jack. If you get a good pair they will last forever.
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Ive used ramps forever, on pretty much every vehicle ive ever owned except for the 89 trans am I once owned it required a low profile jack. Im sure that when I lower my Foci ill be using a jack again.
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Have always used jacks

I've always used jacks and have never really seemed to have any problems, however I have an old set of ramps in storage and now my curiosity has been peaked enough because it is definitely a safer option with ramps vs. jacks.

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