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Old 05-31-2012, 09:00 PM   #1
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Questions about raising my SS for oil change

All that I have is a floor jack but I can buy a 2nd one but I am wondering is there anywhere underneath the front of my SS that I can jack up my car when I am ready to change my oil? Or do I need to buy another jack and raise the car from both sides?....

I seriously dont want a dealer touching my car and ive always changed my oil and filter.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:03 PM   #2
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Don't buy another floor jack. Buy a set of jack stands. You never want to work on a car while it's supported by a jack. You can raise one side, set it on the jack stand, raise the other side, set it on the stand.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:13 PM   #3
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so you dont think 2 jacks is stable enough?

1 has always worked for me....lol
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:22 PM   #4
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About a year and a half ago I had a floor jack collapse on me. Luckily I put wood underneath the tires. But yea, since then I always put the car on jack stands. It's not worth the risk personally.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:24 PM   #5
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so you dont think 2 jacks is stable enough?

1 has always worked for me....lol
No. If it didn't you wouldn't be alive to post about it.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:25 PM   #6
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Where do I put the jack stands once its jacked up? or what about those car ramps?, Ive seen those at wally world for $45...
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:48 PM   #7
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I hate dealing jacks. I always use ramps if possible.

Don't buy the cheap wally world ramps, they are crap. You'll see what I mean if you do buy them.

Personally I prefer Race Ramps. The are expansive but ssssoooo worth it. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...rds=race+ramps Personally I prefer the two piece ramps because of storage space and because you can take the back part off and crawl underneath the sides which you can't do with any other ramps.

Regardless of if you choose to use jacks or ramps, I recommend you buy a set of 4 wheel chocks as well. Put one behind each wheel when on ramps or one behind and in front of each rear wheel if using jacks. Avoid the hard plastic ones, they tend to slide and not actually stop the tire. The good ones are either made out of thick rubber or have a metal bar that extends out and under the tire to prevent it from sliding.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:05 PM   #8
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I found some good metal ones on craigslist for $30, Im gonna call him in the morning.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:21 PM   #9
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I would go with metal ramps and then once it is on there put something heavy (blocks of wood, cinder block etc.) behind your back tires. In my opinion that is your best bet.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:54 AM   #10
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I used four 2x6's. Set two against both front tires and drove onto them, set the next pair on top of the first two and against the front tires, drove on top of them.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:00 AM   #11
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All I use is a jack and a set of metal car ramps. Raise side of car, slide the ramps under the wheel. Repeat on other side. Works like a charm.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:37 AM   #12
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I use wood 2x8's cut to 1 1/2 to 2 ft lengths. Put 1 in front of each wheel. Drive up on them. This will give you enough clearance to roll your floor jack under the vehicle. Jack the front of the vehicle up. Place a jack stand under the vehicle for safety. Remove drain plug and filter. Remove jack stand and lower floor jack so that the car now sets level and let the oil drain. While waiting for the oil to drain, check your other fluids. If you have a manual, syphon out as brake fluid that you can and replace with fresh fluid. Then repeat the jacking/stands process, install drain plug (possibly replace with magnetic drain plug), fill filter with oil and install.
Edit: Floor jack can be placed (centered) on the cradle/crossmembers under the engine. I use the 2nd one from the front of the car. Also, I use a 3/4" piece of wood or a piece of conveyor belt on the jacking surface and a piece of rubber on the jack stand.
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Old 06-09-2012, 12:35 AM   #13
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A habit of mine is that if I'm ever doing anything that requires the wheel to come off, I actually slide the entire wheel under the side of the car. So if anything were to ever happen, I will still have my life.
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