you could never be too careful. good advice from these guys.
if I ever work under my car in my home garage. there will be at least 2 jackstands (sometimes 4) and two jacks lifting the car and I'll throw two wheels underneath the car if all the jacks fail at once. After all that safety factors, then I will go underneath the car.
I'll also replace any type of jack or jackstands if I see any rust or been sitting in the garage for a few years.
True, I would work wih 4 jack stands too, but I had the car on the rhino ramps and lifed it a little more to put the 2 harbor freight jack stands. They are cradle top, not flat top, though flat top would be nice, I have used these quite a bit and they seem to work just fine.
Once the the car was on the 2 jack stands with the ramps under the wheels and for safety I put the jack cranked up right next to one of the jack stands and went under the car. I was taking my own sweet time, so as to not make any mistakes.
Worked fine but still had few issues :p
I was all set to unfasten the engine oil bolt and it fell into the oil drain pan, didnt realize that it blocked the opening to drain the oil and the oil over flowed, by the time I could see and react, it was all over my garage floor :-X Horror! It tookd me a freaking long time to clean up 4 qts of oil. I dont think I still got all of it. Took 1.5 paper towel rolls to wipe the floors..Boy was that fun. Anyhow, I tried to take the oil filer out, realised I couldnt because I didnt have the filter opener(or whatever its called) and I didnt have time to run to the store as I had to finish up and leave for someone's house. Anyhow I left the filter in(Didnt want to do that). Anyhow I added my 6 qts of oiil and started the car and checked the dip stick and it was still under the H, so I added some more , probably 1/4 or 1/3 of a qt and tried again. This time it was fine. I really wanted to get a complete oil change and front diff change done today, but I just couldnt because of the oil spill.
Anyhow, I am going to tackle the more difficult task tom, both the diffs and trans with the pan dropping 8-O. Hope all goes well. But atleast I am little confident of going under the car.
Lots of useful info above! You will find that doing this without a lift will be very time consuming and a major pain.
If you don't feel comfortable doing all that work yourself please give us a call Ankur. We would be more then happy to help.
It is kind of painful, but I am doing this to be more hands on and have an understanding of things. Granted its not the best practicing on such a high dollar car(not so much the car, but the engine and trans), but I got nothing else to practice on, so i guess its my guinea pig :p
I did speak to chris though and told him, just in case I cant do it over the weekend, he will need to fit me in next week before my event
Incredibly, I found someone who did a review of some jackstands.
He highly rates the expensive Esco flat top (@$78 per stand).
Thanks, that was a nice read. He seems to say nice stuff about the harbor freight stuff and ranks it #2. Its not bad, I have 4 of these now, so I guess I will try and work with them, next I will just pick up a lift if possible.
Edited by 1Day, 21 August 2010 - 11:39 PM.