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Old 09-23-2006, 09:22 AM   #41
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good info. needed this awile back had to drive car up on 2x6 and have my dad lift on the fender to get jack under car.
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Old 07-03-2007, 01:55 PM   #42
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Did my last oil change by driving LH two wheels up onto a high kerb.

It's easy, quick, safe and the car's tilted in the right direction to drain all the old oil out. Clearance to work is fairly tight, but I guess I was slim and dextrous enough to pull it off.

When you've finished and need the extra few inches clearance for the torque wrench to torque the (17mm) oil plug bolt (18lb only, with a new crush washer, you will torque it right) use the car's OEM jack on RH front point to get clearance to insert a safer hydraulic jack to raise the car a few inches, add an axle stand as a backup whilst you nip under for a few seconds and click up the torque wrench.

I bought ramps from Halfords but found them too steep or my car too low at front, meaning my bumper would be damaged before the car wheels climbed enough to clear them. They'd probably work on the back though if I wanted to reverse up onto them.
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Old 07-07-2007, 11:47 PM   #43
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1 jack method:
Perhaps someone can critique this method, but it is what I did last time and it seemed to wrk all right.
I only ever put anything on the rubber (yellow in the first pictures) jack mounts. I jack the back up on one side and slide a jack stand under the front which is now raised up. Then I switch the jack to the other rear spot - only now the other back end raises up too. Go to the front that is still on the ground and gently lift the wheel off the ground (its not too heavy as the car is like a teater totter) and slide the other jackstand under the front. Drop the jack and you have the car up on its front. (Yeah, ramps would be easier , but I don't have any )
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Old 08-07-2007, 10:35 PM   #44
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Old 08-17-2007, 12:25 AM   #45
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After reading through this whole tread....I am not too confident of where the front middle jack point is. I have a 3 ton professional craftsman jack but just didn't want to screw up the car jacking up somewhere I shouldn't.

I needed to get a oil change done as it was showing -1800 lol. I did change the oil 7000 miles ago but did not reset. Anyway, I picked up a pair of these Rhino ramps from Kragen (CSK):

http://www.partsamerica.com/ProductD...egoryCode=3400

It has a 17 degree angle (so it will work with low profile cars)

They are on sale this week also: $34.99 (save $5)

Worked great for the oil change on my 330i. MAKE SURE YOU CHOKE THE REAR WHEELS when jacking up the car.
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Old 08-26-2007, 04:38 PM   #46
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Hi All,

Just to chime in with a little more data, I too jack on the frame rail, and place the stands under the rubber jack pads. I've done it this way at least a dozen times now. I manage with just one jack, but you have to be *very* careful when placing the stands. I too had the car drop off the first stand while I was jacking the other side. That time I got lucky that there was no damage to anything or anyone, but luck is not what any of us wants to depend our lives upon.

I lift the entire side at once, and place both stands. Be sure your jack is rated to handle the total mass. I now set the stand so that the curved stand surface cups the jack pads with the highest points of the surface toward the side of the vehicle and the center of the vehicle (not front to back). The cupping keeps the car from slipping off the stand as the load shifts when the other side is raised. I also check halfway through raising or lowering the other side to make sure everything looks stable. Screw up and you could damage your car, or worse, yourself.

Also, despite being a low profile race jack, my jack will not reach the frame rail when the car is resting on the ground. I drive up on some 2x8 scrap lumber to give me clearance. This is necessary to get by with just one jack. When it comes time to lower, double check that the lumber hasn't been accidentally kicked from under the tires, you won't have the clearance to lower the jack completely.
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Old 11-09-2007, 06:04 PM   #47
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You guys are crazy with the two jacks method..way too much work Actually, either way, it sure is a pain to lift these cars, especially when they have been lowered. I have to jack each side up by the pad on fronts and place a homemade stack of wood under each front wheel. I then can get to the metal "donut" to life the entire front end with one jack...easiest way I can figure out, and theres no issues by lifting by that front donut. This is on a 2001 330i though.
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Old 11-09-2007, 06:28 PM   #48
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Yeah the M3 has the front center rubber jack point, and the 330ci doesn't - I made the mistake on my 330 using that and dented it in a little (stopped right away!).

I drive up on 2 layers of plywood - this gets my enough clearance for my floor jack and then I can put the jack stands under the rubber factory (side skirt) jack points (very carefully!).

This should be stickied!!
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Old 11-12-2007, 01:26 PM   #49
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my method:

since the car is too low to jack on the frame rails, I jack at the jack point to lift the side up a couple inches. The suspension decompresses, and for a few minutes the car is sitting high enough to jack on the frame rails.

My only issue is that I've never used a hockey puck or piece of wood or whatever, so the rubber coating on my frame rails is all hacked up. Just need to find my hockey puck...
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Old 11-13-2007, 08:55 AM   #50
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Ummm. Why does my car not have the rubber things on the side of the car???

Every post I seen about jacking up the car has the rubber side jackstand pads but mine are all metal frames. Did the pads fall off? Do I need to buy them?
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Old 11-13-2007, 09:03 AM   #51
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Ummm. Why does my car not have the rubber things on the side of the car???

Every post I seen about jacking up the car has the rubber side jackstand pads but mine are all metal frames. Did the pads fall off? Do I need to buy them?
Mine didn't come with them either, the previous owner said a shop took them off when he had some service done, and he just didn't notice until it was too late.

You can buy them at the stealership for like $70. They pop right back in.
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Old 11-13-2007, 09:22 AM   #52
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Mine didn't come with them either, the previous owner said a shop took them off when he had some service done, and he just didn't notice until it was too late.

You can buy them at the stealership for like $70. They pop right back in.
Ohhhhhh alright I think I found them... on Bavarian Autosport, Jacking Pads part number 51 71 8 268 885. 7.95 each.

Thanks, was wondering if I was suppose to put the stands on the metal frame, guess that would work too but pads are nice.
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Old 05-31-2008, 10:42 PM   #53
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once my car is up on two jack stands for the front two, how do i raise my rear end... everyone says no to the differential but what is a safe place to use to jack up the rear end (obviosly besides teh two rear pieces on the sidesikrts)
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Old 06-01-2008, 06:50 AM   #54
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i've had no problems jacking the rear from the suspension carrier which is located just behind the differential.
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Old 06-01-2008, 03:28 PM   #55
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right behind the diff?
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Old 06-01-2008, 11:07 PM   #56
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It must be summer, I'm back under the car. Another oil change, new pics.

Used 2 jacks, axle stands and ramps (too steep to drive up but I thought I'd use them for extra support, just because they were there.) One the car's up and I've lowered it onto the ramps and stands the jacks aren't taking the weight, but I thought I may as well leave the jacks in place.

One trick I've picked up for small (2-ton) trolley jacks. Take an oval rubber exhaust hanger, cut it in half, trim out the middle bits you don't want and you have 2 great jack "cushions" to use on your rails. Just add wood for height.

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Old 06-03-2008, 01:58 AM   #58
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Use a jack on the pads and then slide a jackstand under the control arms-always worked for me
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Old 06-03-2008, 06:30 AM   #59
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Use a jack on the pads and then slide a jackstand under the control arms-always worked for me
NO !!

There are several solid immovable parts to place jack stands under, chassis rails, OEM jack points. Control arms aren't one of them. These are certainly not designed for jacking purposes.
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NO !!

There are several solid immovable parts to place jack stands under, chassis rails, OEM jack points. Control arms aren't one of them. These are certainly not designed for jacking purposes.

Of course they aren't designed for jacking-i never said they were. I'm just saying that will support the weight of the car...
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