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Old 10-24-2005, 12:01 PM   #1
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Is a 1 1/2 TON jack strong enough to raise one corner?

I'm thinking about buying this low profile aluminum jack to basic jobs like wheels swaps, brakes pads and rotors. I know our E46 is about 3800 pounds, but I'm just jacking up one corner at a time so will a 1 1/2 TON jack be strong enough. Thanks.


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Yup the entire car only weighs about 3400lbs... always use supplemental support tho...
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Old 10-24-2005, 12:18 PM   #3
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get jack stands as well.
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Old 10-24-2005, 04:10 PM   #4
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I've got the same jack from Pep Boys - it works great. I think I paid $90 and I've seen it on sale for maybe $10 less. The same company also makes some really nice jack stands as well - same anodized aluminum finish.

And don't forget some wheel chocks or make your own.
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Old 10-24-2005, 04:18 PM   #5
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I recommend going with a 2-ton jack even though a 1-1/2 ton jack will do the job. And yes, like previous replies suggest, get jack stands and wheel chocks too.
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Old 10-25-2005, 09:29 AM   #6
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Old 10-25-2005, 10:25 AM   #7
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The 1-1/2 ton rating is sufficient to jack up one corner to change a tire or the front or rear to get the car up on stands. The bigger question: Do you really want to trust a $99 nameless POS jack (or even a $400 Snap-On jack) with your life? Use jack stands with any floor jack, please.
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