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This is a discussion on Which jack for engine work within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I was wondering what kind of jack you all use when you're doing work under the hood on your wrx. ...

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    Question Which jack for engine work

    I was wondering what kind of jack you all use when you're doing work under the hood on your wrx. Do you use the stock jack that came with the car or something different?

    I have a 2-ton jack but I'm having a difficult time locating a good place to put the base against. I'm just looking to change my oil.

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    I don't use a jack to change the oil. To do so, though, you would need to lift the car from the front jacking plate (a small, "square" piece with bulges that is behind the oil sump in the center of the car) and place jack stands under the stock jacking locations on either side of the car. Do not get under the car with no jack stands supporting it.

    Consider ramps or simply driving onto a curb with the passenger side wheel if your neighbours and local civil servants won't freak out by that.
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    Search here and NASIOC and you will find diagrams and even real life photographs of the proper jacking and jack stand points.

    A question to the general population: lately I have been driving up onto my ramps then jacking up the rear of the car. So the front is supported by the ramps and the rear is supported by jack stands. Am I a complete buffoon for doing this? Seems safe enough to me.

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    It should be provided no device supporting any corner is presented with a load exceeding its capacity. I'd also keep the key outside the car, since the front wheels can still roll and there is no brake on them.
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    I bought one of those low profile Craftsman jacks from Sears. But I always use ramps or jackstands when I'm under the car.

    However, my car is lowered with a front lip, so I can't get the jack underneath without first driving up on 4" race ramps.
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