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Old 10-06-2017, 03:27 PM
 
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One way is to find the right sized ditch and straddle it with your car. If you live in the city, you might try parking over a man
hole. I don't know what kind of trouble you'd get into doing this, though.
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Old 09-14-2018, 08:29 PM
 
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Years ago I bought (4) 6 ton jack stands because they go higher than the 3 tons giving me more room to work. I don't work on anything that heavy. With the car on jack stands I usually leave the floor jack under there as extra protection. 2 or 4 jack stands depends on the need of the job. I have a lift now so have no need to get under a car on the ground
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Old 09-14-2018, 09:15 PM
 
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When I worked on n cars on th3 ground it was two jack stands the jack and chock the wheels. E-Brake on if the rear tires were on the ground.

I bought a lift 4 months ago. I will never go back to jack stands.
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Old 09-15-2018, 08:40 AM
 
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And watch the clip from " Death Wish" with Gary Sinise and Bruce Willis.
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Old 09-16-2018, 02:45 PM
 
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Get an 8' long treated 6x6 post and cut it into 1 foot or 2 foot sections. These blocks, along with some 2x6 sections can be used as back up support, or direct support and they are more reliable than 4x4's. Don't use a cinder block as they will collapse. I use a combination of jack stands and blocks along with the jack if I need to be under the car. In general, use the jack and 2 back up supports.
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Old 09-17-2018, 07:32 AM
 
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When I work on my cars.


Front end work:
Chock rear wheels and pull parking brake
two jackstands
Slide tires (if removed) under the body of car near drivers door
Position jack in a spot me near where I crawl under (but don't have weight on the jack)

Rear end work:
Chock front wheels
two jackstands
Slide tires (if removed) under the body of car just ahead of rear axle position.
Position jack in a spot me near where I crawl under (but don't have weight on the jack)

Entire car up
4 jackstands
slide tires under car
Jack in spot to add additional support just in case


I usually try and throw as much crap under the car so that if it were to fall it would land on many items. I always have a spare set of wheels in the garage, so I usually throw two under the car on the end I have up in the air.
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Old 09-17-2018, 07:42 AM
 
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Regardless I try to not raise it to high and also spend as little time underneath as possible. For bigger jobs I'll use my neighbors lift. But I have 4 jack stands, and two ramps used just for oil changes on my car because the jack cannot fit underneath. The wife's Liberty sits pretty high so I can do those types of things without raising the car up which saves time and is safe.

When the cars are up, I use the jack stand, rubber chock, parking brake, and keep the jack in place.
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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1 or 2 for me Moet of the time. the only thing I can think of where I might 4 is rotating tires. And then I woudl not be underneath it.

If I had to go under a car on 4, I would have several back up options. Logs, bricks, jacks, more jackstands, or even the wheels. Anything that might give me some chance of surviving if the car fell. I usually do that if the car is on 2 and I have to go under it.
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