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New member, with a question about safety. Working under the SUV? Jacks, jack stand.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Roadblock1945, June 20, 2011.

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    1. Roadblock1945

      Roadblock1945 New Member

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      Just picked up a 2002 Ford Explorer XLT.

      Previous to this Explorer XLT, I have a Mitsubishi that was practically a toy car!. I could remove the transmission and carry it over to my bench. Removing the engine was a one man job too!

      This is my first SUV. Comparatively speaking, thing things BIG. I had an 1987 Ford Ranger 4x4 back in the day but that thing was up high enough that jack standard or ramps were NOT needed.

      Anyway I'm a little nervous about getting under it and I would like some safety suggestions for raising it up and not dying! :)

      I have a decent 2.5 ton SUV jack so I'm good as far as getting it up but here are the options I have for keeping it there.

      I have some old school sold steel ramps. I don't know what they are weight rated for but I got them from my friends dad and he owned a big 2500 series 4x4. They are much higher quality then any of the current shit you see at most auto stores so those seem OK.

      I also have a pair of 3 ton jack stands and a pair of 6 ton jack stands.

      I assume if I were to just jack the SUV up and put it on all four jack stands, level, that would be safe correct? My have a good solid cement floor in the garage with no signs of cracking. Normally I would only jack up one side or the front or back but I need it to be up and level because I'm changing fluids in the transfer case, and the front and rear end.
       
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    3. albi1cnobi1

      albi1cnobi1 Elite Mountaineer Elite Explorer

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      With everything you've mentioned you'll be fine. You've got the safety aspect covered quite well.
       
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      Welcome to the side. You can support it on ramps or jack stands.
       
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