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Old 09-21-2010, 01:53 AM   #1
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1500mile oil change, need advice for service jack and jack stand

So I'm getting ready to change my oil for the first time in my 2011 LS coupe (first time to change oil for any car I've owned). I need some help on jack stands, I figured I'd buy Hein-Werner as they're USA made at 3ton capacity and they're expensive but not outrageous. Although I know the car is a little under 2tons i'd rather have the stronger steel for my piece of mind . I'm guessing when the jack stand says 3tons capcity that means each jack stand that I get (comes in a pair) can support 3 tons right?...because it wouldn't make any sense if each stand didn't support the full weight advertised or you wouldn't be able to put the next stand on jack? I ask this because I was looking at craftsman originally and I saw '4ton capacity...when used in a pair" which those would work but the whole " made in china" thing wigs me out when I'm going to be supporting a 3700lb vehicle that I would be laying under. With the calculation that sears had on their jack stands it makes it sound like their jack stands individually only supports 2tons each (very close to the limit and too close for comfort for me). I've included the link for the jack stands I intend to get:

As for the jack itself, does anyone have any recommendations that are reasonably priced? the Hein-Werner ones are way out of my league (average 350-400$) and I figure I can go a little cheaper on the jack itself as it's only support the weight for 10-15seconds and I wont be under the car while that is happening just long enough to put the jack stands on...I saw a few videos of people changing their camaro's oil on youtube with a jack and having trouble with jacks like the craftsman being too big to fit, any recommendations on an economical (100~ range) "low profile" model jack?

thanks in advance.
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:16 AM   #2
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Those jack stands look fine. Any low-profile service jack should work. I use ramps - very easy, no jack stands needed...

This one looks good:

Get a jack puck too so it doesn't scratch the frame. I've lifted the entire front end of from the center beam under the car - then put my 2 jacks under.
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Old 09-21-2010, 12:34 PM   #3

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After years of using 80+ lb floor jacks, I finally got this Aluminum one from Harbor Freight and am happy with it so far:

You'll also save a ton on stands there as well. Tip: Google "Harbor Freight 20% off coupon", print and save more (even off sale prices).
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:06 PM   #4
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I have had that jack from harbor freight for 7 years now and it has done everything i have asked of it. Even somethings it prob should not have. I actually didn't pay anything for mine but I would not hesitate to buy one if the time comes. I also just used this to get under my car to put the pfadt springs on. It is low enough to get under there with it lowered as well.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:39 PM   #5
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I bought this Rand floor jack on ebay. I have not used it yet, but I am impressed with the quality and the great price. The vendor shipped quickly.
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