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Old 01-13-2011, 03:03 PM
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Hey guys quick question,what are your thoughts on putting a car on all 4 jack stands?The paper that came with mine said to only use one set but I know my grandpa&old man use to set em on all 4 &me being from st.louis Ive seen more than my fair share of cars sitting off the ground on cinder blocks.Just wondering because I plan on trying it out this weekend.Well let me know Im always open to criticism if it helps...my mother always told me'You wont learn anything if you don't ask questions!'

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My hands might get slapped But i do it all the time i leave a floor jack under it also and slide a couple of tires on the rim under there also just in case. You just want to make sure you have them in a good solid place when you sit the car down on them.JMO Just remember what i have already told you "PLEASE" have someone there with you at all times if you can. I lost a good friend in high school to a car falling on him but he just had it on a old screw jack, And there was some other of his friends there helping him. But it was just to late when they got the car off of him.
Any place around near by you can rent a rack to put it on ?
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as long as they are good stands and are made (rated) to hold the total weight of the car, it should be ok.
just be aware of when you have one end up on stands, and you start jacking up the other end, your floor jack has to move (roll) as you lift or it will pull the car over and off of the stands it is all ready on

just pay attention to whats going on as you go
if you are just trying to get extra height to get under the car you can also but big blocks under the tires to set it on
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Old 01-13-2011, 03:25 PM
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ok sweet I have 2 sets of old school jacks that were my grandpas but I cant seem to find one of em so today I saw a set of 3 ton craftsman jacks with max rise of 21 inches so I bought two sets&seeings Im gonna pull my tranny this weekend I wanna get it all the way up.
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Old 01-13-2011, 03:30 PM
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Have done it.....My stands are 6 ton........Put a car on four stands and rock it a bit. Its obvious that its not as stable as have 2 wheels on the ground.
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I have to tell you the habit of sliding a rim and tire under ANY car that I am under makes a lot of sense to me. I mean, usually you have removed the rim and tire anyway, right? You have to put it SOMEWHERE, right? So why not slide it under the car?

I rather have my polished five spoke scratched by my car falling on it than to die under the car with multiple internal injuries.

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Old 01-13-2011, 03:47 PM
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yeah I allways put the tire&wheel under thed car when I jack it up to do brakes &stuff anyways.So Ill make sure to.
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I agree with matts37chevy here,, if one end is on stands, when you start to lift the other end, watch to be sure the end on the stands stays stable.
When I do this and the stands are going to the highest hold point, I do the lift in two stages,, get the car up on 4 stands at an intermediate height, then take it the rest of the way up,,
be just as careful taking it down.
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Hey guys quick question,what are your thoughts on putting a car on all 4 jack stands?The paper that came with mine said to only use one set but I know my grandpa&old man use to set em on all 4 &me being from st.louis Ive seen more than my fair share of cars sitting off the ground on cinder blocks.Just wondering because I plan on trying it out this weekend.Well let me know Im always open to criticism if it helps...my mother always told me'You wont learn anything if you don't ask questions!'
I am trying to understand why the recommendation of only 2 stands? And who made it? What kind of car is this? There's a few older unibodies out there that used to sag a bit when you didn't lift the car equally front and back. Just curious....
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My car weighs only about 2500 pounds and I seldom have both ends of the car off the ground on my 2 sets of 2T jack stands - while they are OK, their footprint is just a wee bit too narrow. I too use my fancy/expensive aluminum wheels (or similar) as a bit of insurance even if only one end is off of the ground - which is something I will be doing tomorrow to begin a front coil over spring change. The other end - on some built up 2x12 ramps with blocking to prevent roll plus in park and the e-brake on if at all possible.

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as long as they are good stands and are made (rated) to hold the total weight of the car, it should be ok.
just be aware of when you have one end up on stands, and you start jacking up the other end, your floor jack has to move (roll) as you lift or it will pull the car over and off of the stands it is all ready on

just pay attention to whats going on as you go
if you are just trying to get extra height to get under the car you can also but big blocks under the tires to set it on
Ditto on this for sure. I wasn't paying attention that my floor jack wasn't rolling and almost tipped over the jackstands before I noticed. The caster wheels on the floor jack were sideways from pushing the jack in too far and then pulling it back a little.
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I was just going to add that, the jack rolling FREELY is VERY important.

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tire stands

Well as long as the stands are in good condition i think it can hold the entire weight of the car..and anyone wanna try the Waterless Car Wash
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I'm going against the grain here, but I wouldn't do heavy
work under a car such as trans removal, with it hanging
on only jack stands. I use ramps in front, and place the
rear wheels on solid cinder blocks. Then I place the jackstands
under the frame as extras, and chock the tires. Just remember
that you may be rocking the car and placing force against it
if the trans is hard to remove.

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under cars, and yes I'm a big chicken when my life or body
mutilation is at stake.....
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just pay attention to whats going on as you go
if you are just trying to get extra height to get under the car you can also but big blocks under the tires to set it on
its not completely against the grain, i also said that at the bottom of my post
however the blocks need to be more stable than the jack stands for it to matter
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