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Is there a special car jack I need to look into getting if I plan on starting to do routine maintenance on my cars by myself? I would use the one they give in the trunk for fixing flats but I'm afraid that they aren't strong enough and I don't want a car to fall on my head.

I also noticed that the crappy 20 minute oil places have screwed up the plastics underneath the car (they act as a shield agaist debris I am guessing?) by not putting them back on properly. I had to take them off the Escort they were falling off so bad. Are these really that important or can they be taken off without bad things happening?
 

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Is there a special car jack I need to look into getting if I plan on starting to do routine maintenance on my cars by myself? I would use the one they give in the trunk for fixing flats but I'm afraid that they aren't strong enough and I don't want a car to fall on my head.

I also noticed that the crappy 20 minute oil places have screwed up the plastics underneath the car (they act as a shield agaist debris I am guessing?) by not putting them back on properly. I had to take them off the Escort they were falling off so bad. Are these really that important or can they be taken off without bad things happening?
No. Use jack stands if you feel uncomfortable. Or, buy those ramps. Lastly, not really, but, i would just put it back, after all, they did put it there for a reason. Zip ties FTW!
 

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Hydraulic jack FTW!!!

 

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Dont use the one in the trunk. They are usually pretty flimsy. Any run of the mill hydraulic jack should be fine, the lightweight/low profile aluminum jacks are nice. Also, get a set of jack stands if you are gonna be crawlin around under there. Dont worry about not having a belly pan.
 

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I think i just found my new best friend. ^^:laughing:
 

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get a real Floor Jack and Jack Stands. Jacks that come with the car are crap.

You can usually get a package deal with a decent floor jack and a pair of jack stands for maybe $100-$150.

Keep in mind you can't lift a car from any place you want. Read your cars owners manual or you'll put a hole thru your floor.

What kind of maintainacne do you plan on doing? I don't even change the oil in my truck myself anymore because it's easier to pay Jiffy Lube $25 bucks. I used to work on my cars all the time. I refuse to do it now just beacuse it's such a pain in the ass.

The bike is a different story. I don't trust anyone, besides myself, to turn a wrench on my bike.
 

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exactly what Maynard said
 

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The jack in your trunk is useless like everyone here agrees. that thing is for emergency only. get yourself a hydraulic jack and jack stands and maybe some wheel chocks as well. you can usually lift the car along the pinch weld running along the bottom of the car pictured here:

or you can use some parts of the suspension such as the A-arms or something that is sturdy. don't try to lift by something thin and weak such as the tie rods. your car manual will usually show the proper lift points for your vehicle.

that said I agree with Maynard about doing things like oil changes or the like on my own car and that's coming from a former mechanic. it's too much of a pain in the ass to change your own oil and find containers to dispose of the waste oil in as well even though most auto parts stores will take your used oil. now if you're rotating your tires or maybe doin a simple brake job then it's worth it to do yourself. when i was wrenchin i hated doin oil changes the most out of everything and so i despise it to this day. :2cents:
 

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a friend of mine is a helicopter paramedic. last week she went out to some hillbilly town cause some guy's car fell on him. he was using the jack from his trunk to keep the car lifted. it gave out. he went to the hospital. he's still there. don't be next.
 

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HAHA i guess i'm the only one that's trusted that jack in the trunk. When i do work i go to my buddies gayrage and use his hydraulic jack. BTW, if anyone's ever used an Audi jack, it's a facking pain in the ass lol. AAA FTW!:lmao:
 

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that said I agree with Maynard about doing things like oil changes or the like on my own car and that's coming from a former mechanic. it's too much of a pain in the ass to change your own oil and find containers to dispose of the waste oil in as well even though most auto parts stores will take your used oil. now if you're rotating your tires or maybe doin a simple brake job then it's worth it to do yourself. when i was wrenchin i hated doin oil changes the most out of everything and so i despise it to this day. :2cents:
Yep, 5 quarts of oil and a fliter will easily run you $15 bucks from Napa. For an extra $10 bucks, I'll have someone else deal with it.

My truck does need brakes soon. That I'll probablly do myself. But screw doing my own oil changes anymore. Too much of a pain for the few bucks I'd save
 
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