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Old 12-30-2016, 03:41 PM   #1
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Lift & Jacks or Ramp for Oil Changes???

Hi.

I'm curious what you guys use to complete your oils changes. Do you use a lift and jacks to raise and support the rear wheels or do you use a vehicle ramp like this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0117EETEK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_10?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

I would assume the ramps are quicker and easier to use, but my concern is the front end of the car; is there enough clearance to get the rear wheels up on the ramp without scraping the front bumper.

Anyway, what are you all using, a lift and jacks or ramps? And for all you guys who have those super fancy lifts that raise the entire car up and make me super jealous and envious, please don't tell me how much you love your fancy cool lift. I'm well aware of how cool they are. I'd really like to hear from the guys with simple tools!!

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Old 12-30-2016, 04:06 PM   #2
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Here are several non lift videos.

Ramps:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0m-hDzvfns

Jack one side:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD6o28_HeLk

Jack both sides:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9HGPGUNYHw

Neil of Road & Race:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1crjE8HDCI
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Old 12-30-2016, 04:08 PM   #3
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Just did my oil
I use ramps on back
But when oil stops draining I jack up the front to get more oil out. Probably gets out an additional 1/2 qrt
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Old 12-30-2016, 04:17 PM   #4
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Thank you for those videos. I love the first one. But which method do you prefer?

I did notice that in one of those videos about jacking up the front.

So great I can see the answer is BOTH!!!

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Old 12-30-2016, 04:23 PM   #5
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I just use a jack to raise the rear drivers side an extra inch or two so the oil pan will fit under. The drain plug and filter can easily be reached without getting under the car.
No need to get crazy with it.
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You want to get as much of the old oil out that you can, and to do so you need the cat to be level. What I do is to use one floor jack to raise the whole rear end up and slip 2 jackstands under the rear. Take the plug out and filter off then remove the jackstands and lower the car over the oil catch pan.

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Old 12-30-2016, 06:13 PM   #7
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This is great stuff. Keep it coming!!
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Old 12-30-2016, 08:53 PM   #8
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Just did my oil
I use ramps on back
But when oil stops draining I jack up the front to get more oil out. Probably gets out an additional 1/2 qrt
+1 and I also jack up the front a little to get as much oil out.
While oil is draining I use that time to detail the car.
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My kingdom for a pan

I just want a pan that will catch all that oil and not run over in the floor....I am on my second one now.

this is what I am currently using http://www.autozone.com/shop-and-garage-tools/oil-drain-pan/flotool-16-qt-drain-container/700706_0_0?checkfit=true]
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I just want a pan that will catch all that oil and not run over in the floor....I am on my second one now.

this is what I am currently using ]FloTool 16 qt. drain container 42003MI - Read Reviews on FloTool #42003MI
Then try the OTC 1577, expensive but the best low profile catch pan on wheels we have ever used. http://https://www.amazon.com/OTC-Gallon-Automotive-Transfer-Tank/dp/B0021UOMC4
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I just want a pan that will catch all that oil and not run over in the floor....I am on my second one now.
I went to Menards and bought a pan that's used for hand mixing concrete. It's 26"x20"x6". The old oil fills about 1/3 of the pan. I then transfer the oil from the pan to a 2 gal plastic gas can. Makes it easy for recycling.

OP - I built a set of ramps from 2x12s. Need 4 layers. Be sure the top level is 10". Have to back onto them like in the first vid from fanguy.
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For oil changes, I'm another ramp guy...

My driveway slopes just enough that when I back the Boxster onto my Rhino ramps, the car sits level.

I also have a set of home brew stands I made from 2x lumber stacked and screwed together that I use when I need the whole car up in the air. I get the bottom of the car 18" off the ground with them.
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I use my scissor lift one of the best tools I have ever purchased .
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I use my scissor lift one of the best tools I have ever purchased .
I love my scissor lift.
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I was lazy and simply took oil, filter, crush ring and a clean drain plug to the local quick change oil place and let them do it for about $20. The filter is easy to access, not unique to the Porsche brand and I monitored the whole process. They regularly did about a dozen P-cars.

At my previous house, I used a combination of a sloped driveway and ramps. That way I could get under there and look as I wanted to see if there were any indications of a leak in addition to changing the oil and filter.
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I was lazy and simply took oil, filter, crush ring and a clean drain plug to the local quick change oil place and let them do it for about $20. The filter is easy to access, not unique to the Porsche brand and I monitored the whole process. They regularly did about a dozen P-cars.

At my previous house, I used a combination of a sloped driveway and ramps. That way I could get under there and look as I wanted to see if there were any indications of a leak in addition to changing the oil and filter.
the only thing i don't like about this is that the shop over torquing and oil changes give me a chance to look under the car for leaks/cv boots etc
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Great stuff!

My driveway is gravel, so all my work will be in the level garage. In there I plan to use the ramps and try out the front jack trick to get a little extra oil out.

Thanks everyone! !

Happy New Year!!!!

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