I've decided to change the oil on my truck myself rather than take it to the dealer. Can someone tell me where is the best place to place the jack under the vehicle? Also, for those that change their own oil, do you use the stock jack or something else?
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I use a heavily modified jack with NOS, turbo crank action, etc... just kidding.
Best investment I ever made for my Ranger is a set of 30 dollar ramps rated for an over 6 thousand pound vehicle. They can be found in Pep Boys or Auto Zone.Line each ramp in front of the right and left front tires then drive up onto them and put it in park.
In my opinion, the side rails of the frame are the best place to jack up the truck. If the jack has sufficient lifting height and is properly positioned, both front and rear wheels on one side can be lifted off the ground simultaneously. Jackstands can then be installed under the rear axle and at the front of the frame. Then the process is repeated for the other side. Naturally, if you only need to lift the front end of the truck, as when changing the oil, you would only need to install the front jackstands.
You can also jack under the front cross-member, but the available throw for a pump-type jack is minimal and the frame side rails are much easier to access.
The stock jack will lift the truck, however it is relatively unstable and takes several minutes and lots of elbow-grease to raise and lower the vehicle. I would recommend a 5 Ton floor jack, minimum, for greater ease and safety.
Miami? New York? Dallas? LOL! When I first glanced at the topic I thought it said,"Best place to get jacked up"!!!
When I jack mine up, I use the cross member under the engine also with a 1.5 ton floor jack. Im not a huge guy 6'0 @ 195, but it is a tight squeeze under there without a jack! Those frame rails always catch my chest!!
2001 Black Lightning
SCT (JDM Tuned),JDM CAI,JL 4# lower, metco 2# upper, Magnaflow 12468, Denso IT24's, Line mod valve, breather cap, 160 deg. stat.,LFP elec. fan,Cobra R w/pump, ported/polished heads and intake, ARP head studs, Helicoiled sparkplug holes, BilletFlow T/B, Nitto 555R's, Dynatech Long Tubes-cats and mid pipes, 2" drop shackles, Cervini Ram Air hood, "Lightning" floormats, Saddleman soft tonneau cover, Royal purple fluids.
Make sure you get ramps for PERFORMANCE LOW GROUND EFFECTS,regular ramps WILL tear up your front facia,got a nice set at murray's for under $30
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