The Best Options for Jacking-up Your Vehicle
Most cars are suspended off of the ground during manufacturing, so it’s no wonder that many systems are not accessible with the wheels touching the pavement. Good news! There are plenty of safe ways to lift a car for easy access.
The simple and fast way to get to the underside is a set of garage ramps. Like two tools in one, they act as both jack and jack stand without the hassle. Of course, car ramps need to be used safely, so a flat surface free of dirt is preferable. Once the good area is found, place the ramps up against the front tires, with the wheels pointed straight. Have a spotter guide you into launch position from in front of the car, but off to the driver’s side a bit. This is trickier if you are using these bad boys as a set of garage ramps. With everything in place, here we go speed racer…Well, maybe not so much speed. It’s hard to lay off the gas in your high performance Prius, but be careful to go slowly up the ramps with light and smooth throttle. Once at the top of the tiny hills, place the car in park or first gear for a manual transmission and set the parking brake. Like a Blue Angel crew chief, have your spotter place wheel chocks behind the rear wheels while your brakes remain applied, and shut off the engine. Now that the laundry list of steps is complete, you and your now-recruited spotter can get to work with creepers under the car. Done with the automotive surgery? Just allow the car to coast down the ramps slowly with your spotter behind and on the driver’s side to watch for traffic.