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How Many do their own oil? What's your procedure?

This is a discussion on How Many do their own oil? What's your procedure? within the Camaro / SS forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Originally Posted by mammoth713 well i have a low profile jack that fits under pretty low cars, I was wondering ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mammoth713 View Post
    well i have a low profile jack that fits under pretty low cars, I was wondering more along the lines of low profile ramps or something?
    I built a set a ramps out of MDF. I took a piece that was 1"thickx5'x6'. I cut it down to 6 1"x5'x1' strips. Then I took 2 of the 5x1 and cut them at 1'. So I would have 2 4'x1' and 2 1'x1'. Then I took 2 more of the 5x1 and cut them at 2'. So then I would have 2 2'x1' and 2 3'x1. I took a 5x1 and put a 4x1 on top ligning them up on 3 edges, and then screwed it down. Did the same thing for the 3x1. Before I put on the 2x1 I cut a 1' long piece of 2x4 and screwed it to the edge of the 2x1 sticking up (the 2" edge on the 2x1). Then screwed the 2x1 on top of the rest. Then I took the 1x1 and butted it up aganist the 2x4, and screwed it down. I also ran screws through the 2x4 into the 1x1. The 2x4 works as a stop the keep from going of the end. When I cut all the edges that the tire would roll up I cut them at an angle to make it easier. This rasies the car 5" over 5'. Basicly you are stacking 5 pieces of 1 inch thick wood each one a foot shorter. I have not had a car yet the could not go up these ramps.

    BTW I got the MDF for free. Also, if anyone wants to build a set I will help you out. I can post pics, go in to more detail, and let you know some things I would change (these were the first ones I built).

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    I drive mine up on Rhino Ramps, drain the oil, then put the drain plug on, but not tight, then jack the front up, remove the ramp from the drivers side, let it down and then let it drain some more.. Helps get more oil out of the pan.. Then put it back up, change out the filter, fill her up and drive off.. I also fill my new oil filter up before I put it on the car, some say it helps with the dry start, can't hurt..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mammoth713 View Post
    You only jack up the center of the car from the front? Where is it safe to jack under the front of the car?
    In the middle of the cross support of the K-member...

    If you try to jack it up by the fender tads (like a front wheel drive) it will ruin them chrushing the fender flange with it..

    I see a lot of f-bodies on here that have the front fenders bulging @ the front quarter rocker panels.

    In the area between the wheel well and the bottom front of the doors because they were likely jacked up wrong once or so..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    In the middle of the cross support of the K-member...

    If you try to jack it up by the fender tads (like a front wheel drive) it will ruin them chrushing the fender flange with it..

    I see a lot of f-bodies on here that have the front fenders bulging @ the front quarter rocker panels.

    In the area between the wheel well and the bottom front of the doors because they were likely jacked up wrong once or so..
    The dealer did this to mine when I was having warrenty work done. Except they used a lift. Bent the tabs out and flared the fender.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackcar View Post
    The dealer did this to mine when I was having warrenty work done. Except they used a lift. Bent the tabs out and flared the fender.
    Yeah most domestic FWD cars jack in much the same manner..

    Sometimes shops forget after seeing so many..

    Easy mistake I have even seen owners make..

    I always advise inspection shops before I allow them to raise the car..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mammoth713 View Post
    You only jack up the center of the car from the front? Where is it safe to jack under the front of the car?
    that k-member is the best place to raise the car....

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    yeah i put my jack stands where the k-member meets the LCAs

    oh and I've started pre-filling my filter too.....seems like it couldn't hurt.

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    If I understand what you're saying, you put a jack under the very front of the car and jack in the center of the car, lifting the whole car up in one motion from the front?

    Could you please explain to me where in this picture you place the jack so it doesnt damage anything:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mammoth713 View Post
    If I understand what you're saying, you put a jack under the very front of the car and jack in the center of the car, lifting the whole car up in one motion from the front?

    Could you please explain to me where in this picture you place the jack so it doesnt damage anything:
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    Just above the words "sway bar" there is a solid black piece. That is the K-member. It holds the motor and the front supension ties in to it.

    I can not reach mine with my cheap, small jack. I would have to raise the car to get my jack to it.

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    When you crawl under there and look you can't miss it. It's black and looks like a big metal flat plate.

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    Forgot I had this pic.



    It's the black piece that is all bent up and has the white marks on it. Hopefully yours looks better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackcar View Post
    Forgot I had this pic.

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    It's the black piece that is all bent up and has the white marks on it. Hopefully yours looks better.
    ouch.....curb???

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0rion View Post
    ouch.....curb???
    Stump. That is wood wedged up above the k-member, and you can see where it scraped the oil pan

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    I have remote filters and fumoto valves on all my cars. Easy easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackcar View Post
    Stump. That is wood wedged up above the k-member, and you can see where it scraped the oil pan
    Why'd you try to jack your car up with a tree stump?















































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    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post


    When you crawl under there and look you can't miss it. It's black and looks like a big metal flat plate.
    Well I only can go by pictures because the car has been in storage so thanks everybody for the photos..

    So just jack it up under that flat piece of metal with the white written on it

    then place 2 jack stands under each side of the car under the frame..

    Thanks! I will try this in spring and need it for changing the front sway bar too.


    As a side note, I would suspect this method puts much less strain on the car..? When you jack up one size of the car at a time, the whole body is being flexed temporarily until you have the other side up. When I had to do some brake lines on my 93 lesabre, I had one side of the car jacked up so I could access the brake lines and I couldnt open the door to get in the car..LOL The whole body flexed so badly. (granted the car is 17 yrs old and has 17 yrs of rust eating at it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    Why'd you try to jack your car up with a tree stump?
    K-member installation?

    Quote Originally Posted by mammoth713 View Post
    Well I only can go by pictures because the car has been in storage so thanks everybody for the photos..

    So just jack it up under that flat piece of metal with the white written on it

    then place 2 jack stands under each side of the car under the frame..

    Thanks! I will try this in spring and need it for changing the front sway bar too.
    Not really a frame to put them one. I put mine where the lower control arms bolt into the K-member. In your pic look just to the left and right and you will see the head of the bolt. In my pic you can see where I put the jackstand.

    But to me it is easier and safer to pull up on a set of ramps.

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    I know your situation....it was a jokie joke.

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