Axle stands and ramps a WARNING

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Axle stands and ramps a WARNING

Postby Roger46 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:24 pm

This is a warning that is obvious when you think about it, but caught me out once!
If you're ever tempted to put a car up on ramps and then jack the other end and put it on axle stands then beware. If you put the front on the ramps then jack the back with a trolley jack the first side is ok but as soon as the second wheel comes of the ground you no longer have the hand brake working and at near full lift the trolley jack starts to pull the car backwards! !

Always back the car onto the ramps and use the axle stands on the front, or alternatively when the front is on the ramps lash the suspension to the stands so the car cannot move backwards.
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Postby Plin » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:32 pm

A very helpful tip - thanks Roger46 and welcome to our friendly forum!
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Postby Custard » Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:26 pm


Most ramps will allow you to wedge a piece of wood in to stop that happening.

If they are smooth on top then an offcut of arris rail acts as a nice chock.

Off course a big jack where you can lift the whole back at once means the jack will then roll inwards rather than pulling the car backwards. And if on a rough concrete or gravel surface you can use a sheet of hardboard/plywood under the jack so that it does roll properley.

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