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Do any of you service your own cars and have any good tips on how to lift the car in a residential garage?

I want to change the engine and gear oil in the 456, and I have jack stands and a hydraulic jack, but I am worried about damaging something in the process of lifting the car. The car is so low. Although it might be cool to install a real lift someday, I was hoping to avoid that in the near term.

Let me know if you have any thoughts.

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Ed
 

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Ed,

I would recommend a low clearance ramp that the two front wheels drive up. I have used ramps before and trust them a bit more than I do jacks and would not recommend a jack, too dangerous.

Here is a link to low clearance ramp:

http://www.discountramps.com/low_profile_car_ramp.htm

You might want to search around on Google for others as well but these should work well for you and they will get the car up enough.
 

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Ed,

I would recommend a low clearance ramp that the two front wheels drive up. I have used ramps before and trust them a bit more than I do jacks and would not recommend a jack, too dangerous.

Here is a link to low clearance ramp:

http://www.discountramps.com/low_profile_car_ramp.htm

You might want to search around on Google for others as well but these should work well for you and they will get the car up enough.
The mechanic I trust my cars with uses similar ramps made out of wood. What he does is set a pair of ramps for the front wheels to drive up to first: then, he uses hydraulic jacks (two) to lift the rear and then sets the car on jack stands. Works fine and it takes only few minutes for it. Jimmy
 
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