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Car service ramps - any suggestions?

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Hi everyone, I am looking to buy a pair of service ramps as they seem to be much more convenient and safe compared to trolley jacks and axle stands (to change oil, etc). I was wondering whether any… Read More
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2w, 2d agoPosted 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Hi everyone,

I am looking to buy a pair of service ramps as they seem to be much more convenient and safe compared to trolley jacks and axle stands (to change oil, etc). I was wondering whether anyone here is using them and can offer some advise on what to look out for?

My car has wide tyres (225 front and 255 back) and is quite low. I am thinking about these....

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HEAVY-DUTY-7-TON-PRO-WORKSHOP-CAR-RAMPS-RACE-RAMPS-PAIR-Rhino-Ramps-MAX-11912MIE-/191593246225?hash=item2c9bd8ee11:g:Jy0AAOSwBLlVba4i

Thanks in advance!
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2w, 2d agoPosted 2 weeks, 2 days ago
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[mod][Mod Team]#1
Depends where the drain-plug is. Most cars you'd be able to do oil change when on the deck without lifting it at all. Keeps the engine more level too so getting more of the old oil out (although won't be much tbh)
#2
They look ok but they won't get your car anywhere near as high as an axle stand.
#3
u better off with a jack to lift it and axle stands that way it's safer and easier I had ramps a long time ago and they aren't as good as u would think sometimes they slip maybe these won't also u need someone else to guide u and u need stop u can go to far and nacker ur car.
#4
Look interesting but when using normal or cheap ones, as long as the majority of the tire is on and can't see you having too many problem's. When you use an axle stang or jack they don't have a massaive surface area?

Also a mate of mine who might call himself a mechanic said with his vehicle that he wouldn't get his hands dirty for a simple oil change based on what garages charge to do it i.e getting oil on hands, disposing of the old oil, trying to get straps on the filter ect.
#5
plus axle stands don't use much space vs these and u most probably already have a jack if not u should have it in case u need use it in emergencies.
#6
stec77
Look interesting but when using normal or cheap ones, as long as the majority of the tire is on and can't see you having too many problem's. When you use an axle stang or jack they don't have a massaive surface area?

Also a mate of mine who might call himself a mechanic said with his vehicle that he wouldn't get his hands dirty for a simple oil change based on what garages charge to do it i.e getting oil on hands, disposing of the old oil, trying to get straps on the filter ect.


I would agree if you supply your oil and filter you should be able to get it changed for £30. If your sump plug is nearest the front of the car you wont get all the oil out oil changes should be done completely flat so if your really keen to do it yourself a decent trolley jack and four stands is the way to go
#7
I use these but on a Range rover P38 which has a lot of clearance . They are extremely light,strong and stable but I dont think they would be much use on the average car.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Car-Ramps-ton-Clearance-Wide/dp/B005BPHDQI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491851103&sr=8-1&keywords=B005BPHDQI
#8
I've got axle stands and ramps and the ramps are hardly ever used, they don't lift as high as the stands and you can't work on the brakes /wheels on the ramps
#9
I did a lot of research when i bought mine for mazda 6 fitted with 225 tyres.nit states max 215 but you will find tyres are not as wide as manufacturers state. Mine sits fine on these. They are no longer on Amazon but the height is good and they are well made.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CFF23A8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
#10
I made pretty much the same as the OPs ebay link with some big wooden joists, cost about £20 for the wood.
Lots of ideas here


Edited By: LiGhTfasT on Apr 10, 2017 21:21
#11
I wouldn't recomed ramps as newer cars have lower bumpers etc that makes using ramps imposible.

If you do then wrap some carpet over the bottom sections so as the cars drive up them they drive over the carpet holding them in place.
#12
markvirgo
I wouldn't recomed ramps as newer cars have lower bumpers etc that makes using ramps imposible.
If you do then wrap some carpet over the bottom sections so as the cars drive up them they drive over the carpet holding them in place.

I can't even get a trolley jack under my car and have to lift it a couple of inches first with the car supplied jack.

What I have done for many years though were ramps are concerned, even when cars had more ground clearance was jack the car up first and then just slide the ramp under. If you are trying to get a car on ramps on your own its the safest way to do it. I have seen someone drive over a set of ramps before now.

Edited By: Smartguy1 on Apr 11, 2017 14:50: spelling
#13
Thank you for your input everyone! Some good points raised!

I already have a jack trolley and axle stands, but it is generally a pain and too time consuming to set everything up. And I need to use the car jack first in order to get the jack trolley under the car (BMW, E46). So just looking for something that is simpler and quicker (? and safer?), but I appreciate that 1) it could be tricky to get the car on the ramps due to the low clearance and/or the ramps slipping forwards while trying to climb on them, and 2) the height gained will probably be lower compared to using axle stands.

I am going to think about this a bit more before buying anything....many thanks again!
#14
for oil changes just get a pela suction thing. much quicker and easier.
I've used mine for years on everything from a 911 to seat ibiza.

also if you do need to jack look at the 'racing' jacks - they're lower than normal.
#15
nakis76
Thank you for your input everyone! Some good points raised!
I already have a jack trolley and axle stands, but it is generally a pain and too time consuming to set everything up. And I need to use the car jack first in order to get the jack trolley under the car (BMW, E46). So just looking for something that is simpler and quicker (? and safer?), but I appreciate that 1) it could be tricky to get the car on the ramps due to the low clearance and/or the ramps slipping forwards while trying to climb on them, and 2) the height gained will probably be lower compared to using axle stands.
I am going to think about this a bit more before buying anything....many thanks again!

The ramps I suggested will be fine for your BM but you will still need to jack it first if you're doing it on your own. I don't know why it is with ramps but one of them always seem to slip. You can also get some ramp extenders which help for low cars and looking at their design they may be possible to drive up without any assistance. Personally I wouldn't want to take the risk of driving over them as that's a real mess and expensive to put right. I saw one of my dad's neighbours do that once. It takes me an hour or so to change the oil on my 6 and that includes getting all the gear out. My drive slopes so when the car is on the ramps it's level which is lucky. I don't trust many garages and there's only one who I use that I would trust to use my oil. Unfortunately he's the other side of town so by the time I got there and back I can change the oil myself and save myself £45.00. Worse thing on the 6 is where they stick the oil filter. Right at the back and in middle of the engine. Adjustable strap filter remover does it in seconds, that's the one you twist like a clamp and not one used with a socket wrench. Worth the £5.87 it cost me

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