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Old 11-04-2010, 09:24 AM
 
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Don't know if anyone mentioned it but be careful with a jack or jack stands on asphalt on a hot day. Either one can sink into the asphalt under the weight of a vehicle. At best you'll have to deal with getting the stand unstuck from the blacktop. At worst, if you've read all the other posts you know what can happen.

A 2ft square piece of 3/4" plywood under each stand can make it a whole lot safer.
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Old 10-05-2017, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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This old thread popped up as a related post to something else, but it gives such bad advice, I had to pitch in. Never work under a car alone. Never rely on any kind of jack stands. Always use 4x4 timbers to shore up the frame once you have it high enough to work on. Work on a flat concrete surface, never on grass. Never raise it higher that you need to get under and move the parts around.
This comes from years as an EMT working car wrecks and being at home working on cars. We've had two fatalities here in Raleigh in the last year, from guys working under cars.
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Old 10-05-2017, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I've used them for years. I believe the pair is rated at 12,000 lbs. No issues and no worries. I consider them to be very safe.
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Old 10-05-2017, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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It all depends on what the job at hand is. If I'm changing the oil, I use ramps and set the e-brake. Even if the vehicle came off the ramps I doubt anything would hit me since I'm way up front. If I was doing something that required all four wheels to be off the ground, I would use four jack stands.
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Old 10-05-2017, 05:37 PM
 
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as long as you get the ones suited to the weight of your vehicle, no problems. i've used rhino ramps for years with no issues.

when it comes to jobs that require removing a wheel (brakes, suspension, etc), one trick i was taught is to place the wheel under the car underneath the frame (or the seam in a unibody). that way, if the stand or jack fails, you have a bit of a back-up. never had anything happen, but it makes sense.

Mike
My buddy's dad had old tree trunk slices he left on the side of the house......he always made his kids put them under any jacked up car as the "back up!"
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Old 10-06-2017, 11:48 AM
 
Location: SC
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8-12 2x12x16 Planks of wood.
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Old 10-06-2017, 12:03 PM
 
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It all depends on what the job at hand is. If I'm changing the oil, I use ramps and set the e-brake. Even if the vehicle came off the ramps I doubt anything would hit me since I'm way up front. If I was doing something that required all four wheels to be off the ground, I would use four jack stands.
Ramps make me nervous primarily because I have never seemed to be able to get a car squarely up on them.


I have no problem with putting a car on four jack stands and getting under it.
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Old 10-06-2017, 12:09 PM
 
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If you are taking a tire off, place it next to the jack stand so if the stand does fail, it will land on the tire. Not 100% ideal, but better than nothing.
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Old 10-06-2017, 12:14 PM
 
Location: The 719
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This old thread popped up as a related post to something else, but it gives such bad advice, I had to pitch in. Never work under a car alone. Never rely on any kind of jack stands. Always use 4x4 timbers to shore up the frame once you have it high enough to work on. Work on a flat concrete surface, never on grass. Never raise it higher that you need to get under and move the parts around.
This comes from years as an EMT working car wrecks and being at home working on cars. We've had two fatalities here in Raleigh in the last year, from guys working under cars.
Any posts with the characters Mitch or 3 + M in it are solid advice.
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Old 10-06-2017, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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depends on the task and my mood. I do not own a lift. I might use two or four jack stands, I might use ramps instead of jacks and stands, I might grab a handy log and roll it under as a back up for just the jack. I once used cinder blocks until I discovered how weak they are now. At the rate my son is going with his athletic training, I think I may just have him hold it up for me in the future.
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