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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 06-19-2013, 12:09 AM
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How good are the jacks that come with the e36.. the ones that go into the side skirts?? they seem very unstable? anyone ever have any problems. I thinking about using it just to change my brake pads out, not going under the car.
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:53 AM
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they are alright, but a hydraulic would be soooo much faster
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:08 AM
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Re: Stock jack

They're very effective for quickly raising the car for an emergency tire change, and that's it. Way too unstable for anything else.

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Old 06-19-2013, 09:02 AM
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+1. They are really for emergency use only. I had one rock back and buckle/collapse, but luckily I had already gotten all wheels bolted on when it happened. Definitely get a proper hydraulic floor jack and jack stands when doing any work on your car.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:03 AM
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+1. They are really for emergency use only. I had one rock back and buckle/collapse, but luckily I had already gotten all wheels bolted on when it happened. Definitely get a proper hydraulic floor jack and jack stands when doing any work on your car.
+1. Mine recently rocked back and collapsed. Luckily, I was already out from under it during a roadside inspection/repair.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:04 AM
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+1. They are really for emergency use only. I had one rock back and buckle/collapse, but luckily I had already gotten all wheels bolted on when it happened. Definitely get a proper hydraulic floor jack and jack stands when doing any work on your car.
This weekend I used the stock jack to raise the car up onto jack stands. I think it works great! But would I keep it on the car during a brake pad change out? Nooooooooooooo...
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:26 AM
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Yeah defiantly for emergencies only. I had my car lifted up with it in the back and the tire was off. I leaned into the trunk a little too far and rocked the car and the jack collapsed. My tire was off and the car fell on the rotor, not fun!
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That's fine, Harry, I've done that in a pinch as well and it does have the benefit of leaving the jack pad clear for a jack stand. You absolutely have to chock the wheels when raising/lowering though, so I still prefer the stability of a proper hydraulic jack.
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Yeah defiantly for emergencies only. I had my car lifted up with it in the back and the tire was off. I leaned into the trunk a little too far and rocked the car and the jack collapsed. My tire was off and the car fell on the rotor, not fun!
See, if that were to happen to me, I'd probably just sit there for 5 minutes, staring at the damage then light a cigarette.
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See, if that were to happen to me, I'd probably just sit there for 5 minutes, staring at the damage then light a cigarette.
Or a nice cigar. Knowing my area, it would take 2 hours for the tow truck to arrive and they would proceed to bitch how my car was "too low" for an hour.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:00 AM
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I bought rubber tire 'chocks' for $5.99 at harbor freight. Only way I use the factory jack is with them properly placed. Previous experience with this style jack says "DON"T trust them if you have options.
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Yeah, when hydraulic jacks, jack stands, and wheel chocks are so cheap at Harbor Freight, it's pretty foolhardy to continue using the trunk jack for anything other than emergencies.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:11 AM
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Yeah, when hydraulic jacks, jack stands, and wheel chocks are so cheap at Harbor Freight, it's pretty foolhardy to continue using the trunk jack for anything other than emergencies.
I've even seen some people carry small racing jacks in their trunks over the dangerous BMW jack.

Ideally, you buy a E36 jack pad adapter that will let you use the hydraulic jack with the factory mounting points.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:23 AM
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Yeah, I have a jack pad adapter, which honestly, BMW should've included in the trunk of every car from the factory, but didn't... Nevertheless, I'd still have to use the standard trunk jack if I ever got a flat, since there's no way I'm going to carry even an aluminum racing jack in my trunk all the time. Gotta keep my curb weight down!
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I need to order that adapter from Pelicanparts.com, along with a few other tools. I'll be starting my BMW specific tool collection in August until I have enough to do anything from a water pump replacement to stapling hogties to upholstery replacements.
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I have already purchased 2 of the side skirt jacks for my car since owning it. Both of them have collapsed. One collapsed when raising the car at home and the other collapsed when I was lowering it at work. No damage to car on both occasions. I love the jack though because my car is wayy too low for a normal size jack to fit under there. I usually raise it up enough to where I can fit my jack stands and use wheel chocks when getting ready to lift it.

They are a couple of bucks at the junk yard. Junk yard shopping is my idea of fun! Lol
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Ideally, you buy a E36 jack pad adapter that will let you use the hydraulic jack with the factory mounting points.
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I have the adapter and I absolutely love it. With the adapter I can easily get all four wheel off the ground because I can place the jack stands up the factory jack points.
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FYI: Harbor Frieght has a small hydraulic bottle jack with a screw-up top that works great and fits nicely in the trunk of my vert
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See, if that were to happen to me, I'd probably just sit there for 5 minutes, staring at the damage then light a cigarette.
Oh it was in my garage thank god.
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Yeah defiantly for emergencies only. I had my car lifted up with it in the back and the tire was off. I leaned into the trunk a little too far and rocked the car and the jack collapsed. My tire was off and the car fell on the rotor, not fun!
Did exactly this a few weeks ago. Glad it's not just me. Felt like such a knob
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I've had the tip over while changing a flat with the stock jack. On my car there's damage on one side on the sheet metal just above the jacking point that I suspect is from same thing happening to the last owner. I found a small 1.5 ton hydraulic jack to stick in there instead because I'm afraid of that thing.


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