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gSto
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working under the car
#813989 - 01/10/05 04:37 AM

Ok, yes im an idiot for asking but ive never done it and i want to know the cheapeset way

my car cannot run watsoever...

my question is...how can i get underneat to work on it if i cant run up a ramp? is there something i can buy at an automart like say pyramids that i put underneat each side after jacking each side up?

CHEAPEST way...i only want to uninstall my exhaust

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Matt R
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Re: working under the car new
#813992 (Re: gSto) 01/10/05 04:39 AM

Depending on where you go, jacks will prolly be your best option.

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gSto
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Re: working under the car new
#814013 (Re: Matt R) 01/10/05 04:54 AM

what can i expect to pay? (thought jack is what u use to lift ur car to do a spare change..how safe is that)

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JonnySVT
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Re: working under the car new
#814035 (Re: gSto) 01/10/05 05:20 AM

jack it up using a jack, then put jack stands at a balanced, strong spot. Jack stands = <$20.

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Re: working under the car new
#814090 (Re: gSto) 01/10/05 06:49 AM

Originally posted by gSto:
what can i expect to pay? (thought jack is what u use to lift ur car to do a spare change..how safe is that)




Not the scissor jack that comes with the car, a real jack:


And never crawl under a car that is supported by a jack. Get it up on jack stands.

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phil
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Re: working under the car new
#814157 (Re: hetfield) 01/10/05 01:44 PM

And, just to make sure everyone understands, don't get under the car while held only by a lifting jack (like that in the previous post, or the spare tire jack). Support the car with jack stands, something like this:



And don't forget to chock the wheels that are still on the ground.

Nothing wrong with being cheap - but don't be unsafe. Find someone to borrow a set from!

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gSto
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Re: working under the car new
#814519 (Re: phil) 01/10/05 09:16 PM

so, i can't use the spare tire jack to do this? or is it just not reccomended

i.e jacking up each side and putting jack stands one at a time

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Matt R
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Re: working under the car new
#814572 (Re: gSto) 01/10/05 10:01 PM

For one, it is a PITA.

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phil
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Re: working under the car new
#814738 (Re: Matt R) 01/11/05 01:43 AM

Yes, you can use the spare tire jack.

- It's slow
- It can't lift as high as a floor jack can
- The spare tire jack can only lift at the locations the jack is design to fit - which tends to scratch/mangle them if done many times. Floor jacks can lift using supports under the car with less risk of damage to the car.

That said, I've used the spare tire jack to lift a car to work on it - but supporting it with jack stands before getting underneath.

Another item (but not for 'Tours): Some cars (sorry, not Contours) have jack points in the middle of the car at each end. One entire end of the car can be lifted with a floor jack, and two floor jacks slid under to support it. Quick and easy.

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Re: working under the car new
#815140 (Re: phil) 01/11/05 03:22 PM

you could always dig a hole under the car!

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