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Old 02-11-2018, 12:56 PM   #11 (permalink)
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My Impala is too low so it pushes the ramps or screws up the air dam, a nice floor jack & jack stands are better IMO.

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Old 02-11-2018, 01:52 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm thinking of the grease pit in the movie California Kid.

If you lay a 2x4 across both ramps you gain lift and the ramps won't slide. The front of my Superbeetle is so low it's like the 'dark' side of the Moon. I made extension wedges from 16" lengths of 2x8 that had lag bolts on the under, upper side that slot into holes in the ramp. If I was serious about it, I'd make metal wedges that hinge 180 for storage. Not time for that.

Not that there is oil to change under the front of a Superbeetle, anyways.
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By the way, everyone says to do top-down oil changes on hot engines, which would have the bad stuff all mixed up. If there were sludge on the bottom, I am not sure it would drain out, being viscous and all.
On the plus side, anything that doesn't drain out after a good drive is unlikely to pose a threat.
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I have always wanted a grease pit since I saw one the dad of one of my friends had in high school, I just did not know the name.

I guess that digging out concrete is easier or at least cheaper than installing a lift.
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They have roll away lifts now but are only medium height (think sitting on the ground under the car). And those “quick jacks” things that look like really long scissor lifts.
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You guys think this method is silly?! What about this idea?!

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I don't mind the old-school way but for example if I wanted to change the oil now it's dark out and -20F so it does look like an attractive option. Also it would almost certainly result in a higher recycling rate so that's good. The thing for me would be what is the cost penalty?
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I use an old fashioned "squeeze bulb" style siphon on my ZNEN-50 scooter every 2500 miles or so, then let my mechanic do a $50 "full service" every 10000 miles (oil change, battery check, tire check, wires, plugs, cvt clean and check etc.).

Mind you, I could only get away with that on a 50cc motor with 0.75 pint oil capacity and a wire strainer instead of a filter...
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This would work to change the oil in Mom's lawnmower: https://www.autozone.com/test-scan-a...tor/543344_0_0

I just need to purchase an air compressor.

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