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Trolley Jack or Ramp for Service

Discussion in 'A4/A4 cabriolet/S4 forum(B6 chassis)' started by mubzy79, Nov 25, 2012.

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    Hi I was going to drain the oil on my 2.5 TDI Sport. But when I was getting it up the ramp the ramp was too high and my bumper was scraping against it. So was wandering should I get another lower ramp or use a trolley jack. and also best place to buy them. Thanks
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    If your ramps are not going to fit, I'd probably go for a cheap (well, not too cheap) trolley jack and axle stand kit from somewhere like Halfrauds or Screwfix or the like... should be able to pick up a jack and 2 stands for about £50
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    Get some axle stands mate, dont work under your car trusting the trolley jack will hold. It probably wont fail but if it does youre screwed! Axle stands will not fail if positioned correctly.
    I have a pair of ramps, but like you no car ive had has got on them without bother!
    I just use the scissor jack found in the boot ( on a bit of wood if cant get car high enough) then lower it onto the axle stands.
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    Do you mean it was too steep?
    I use wood to get it onto the ramp.
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    two lengths of wood resting half way up the ramps then the car will go on ;-)

    once you remove your tray underneath and loosen your sump plug so you can undo it by hand take the car off the ramps to drain the oil it needs to be on flat level ground

    I have removed the tray and I just lay on the floor and undo the sump bolt and bobs your uncle!
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    Hey guys thanks for the replies and in response to blackquat yes i mean the ramp is too steep
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    Also are 2 Tonne axle stands and trolley jack sufficient?
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    2 ton is plenty, trolley jacks are good but you dont really need one. The audi supplied jack has never let me down!
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    Yes, and personally in addition to those items i always place a wheel under the spot near to where i will be working. Stand and jacks are not both going to give way but they can slide if you don't have a vertical spread load between both sides, albeit things would have to be fairly squ iff to begin with but when you are tired and peed off working in the cold and relative dark in poor light things can go wrong!
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    ^^ what brasil said! Got to keep it safe. Wheel under the sill is a good idea, also i put a brick at the back of the rear tyre when jacking incase the handbrake gives way.
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    I prefer 2 trolly jacks and 2 stands to get under then lower the car to drain when level.Wouldnt trust 2 ramps with a heavy 2.5Tdi
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