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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 01-05-2004, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Changing oil without lifting car....

How hard would this be, this is my first time changing oil. I was able to get close enough to the pan and filter sliding on a skateboard. I was wondering how difficult it would be with such limited space?
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Theres no way you could fit under our cars.

Spend the $30 on some rhino ramps from autozone. Never ever go under a car that is only being held up by a jack.
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actually I wasn't even going to use a jack. BTW what are rhino ramps?
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Go to autozone.com and search for Rhino Ramps.
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i change the oil under my jeep without lifting it :p

soon i will be able to sit under it :p
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Those are cool. But how safe are they? Can't the vehicle roll back? Also are they heavy, because I don't have permanant access to a driveway, so I can't keep them there, im in NYC.
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i change the oil under my jeep without lifting it :p

soon i will be able to sit under it :p
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I made my own "ramps" for changing oil out of scrap lumber. All you need are two layers of 2-inch thick lumber (2x12's work great) under each front wheel, with a bevel cut on the front edge. I find them a LOT easier to drive up on than the larger ramps -- you don't have to worry so much about going off the front of them.

In short, you only need to raise the car a few inches to get enough space.

Edit: You may be able to get to the pan without lifting the car, but getting at the filter will be very difficult.

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I have a set of Rhino Ramps in my garage. I use them all the time for the intrepid. I always set the E-brake, and put boards behind the rear tire. That way I have 2 failsafes. But the ramps do dip down, so it is hard for the car to go backwards.

The ramps are very sturdy (for anything under 4k lbs anyways), and decently light.
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Thx guys, ill check em out 2morrow.
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lol, ive changed my oil without lifting the car...
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With most ramps the incline is too steep... on an Intrepid you end up with the front bumper hitting the ramp before the tire does and the car just pushes the ramps... however some brands have these attachments that allow cars with low front ends climb the ramps at less of an angle..these work well with the 'Treps. I used them to put mine up when I replaced the oil pan. had plenty of clearance to work.
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With most ramps the incline is too steep... on an Intrepid you end up with the front bumper hitting the ramp before the tire does and the car just pushes the ramps... however some brands have these attachments that allow cars with low front ends climb the ramps at less of an angle..these work well with the 'Treps. I used them to put mine up when I replaced the oil pan. had plenty of clearance to work.
I also have the rhino ramps, and they work fine for treps, as hypnos has testified to working on first gens, i can testify to them working on second gens. They give plenty of height to work with under the car, and as hypnos said, you dip down once you get to the top, pretty hard to roll off. They are rated at 6 tons a piece. Or at least mine are.
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The drain plug and filter is easily reachable from the front on a 2nd gen. No need for ramps
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I use my dad's metal ramps, they dip down at the top, and I do the e-brake and wood block thing too. Its alot easier than setting up Jack stands, thats for damn sure.

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