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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 05-21-2005, 03:53 PM
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BMW Ramps, tools, where????

I am looking for ramps to make my life easier changing my oil, also I need a suction device and finally a good mechanic tool set.

I need help with this so please post a site where I can purchase and or give me some details....

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Old 05-22-2005, 02:53 AM
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I am looking for ramps to make my life easier changing my oil, also I need a suction device and finally a good mechanic tool set.

I need help with this so please post a site where I can purchase and or give me some details....

Thanks!
You can get rhino ramps for about $20 at pep boys. They work great and are cheap. If you are planning on getting a suction device, you don't need the ramps to change the oil.
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Old 05-22-2005, 07:07 AM
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You can get rhino ramps for about $20 at pep boys. They work great and are cheap. If you are planning on getting a suction device, you don't need the ramps to change the oil.
I'm assuming you have to have ramps that are lower or with a defferent angle degree due to the low front ends of BMW's? Or will any basic ramp work?
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Old 05-22-2005, 10:36 AM
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Craftsmen tools...all you'll ever need. Snap-on and SK are nice...but $$$$

Rhino ramps at any PepBoys...they are lower profile than standard ramps.
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Old 05-22-2005, 03:34 PM
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Coo, Rhino ramps will be. Thanks! Hmmm, Craftman tools sound great as well real mechanic tell me not to use them but I am NOT a real mechanic, just a guy looking to save some money...
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Old 05-23-2005, 09:28 AM
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Craftsman all the way...you break one...you can replace it very easily.

For changing oil, I have been using this for years:

http://www.mytoolstore.com/astro/asthan11.html#7815

If you get into changing breaks, get the brake kit below it...keeps things very clean...very clean.
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Brakes Too??

So this will let you swap out brake fluid too?? Wow, that would be worth it, if it really works...

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Old 05-24-2005, 10:14 AM
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Agent, thanks for the help!
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Old 05-24-2005, 10:36 AM
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For changing oil, I have been using this for years:

http://www.mytoolstore.com/astro/asthan11.html#7815
How do you know you are hitting bottom with the tube for this thing? How do you know you got all the oil out?
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Old 05-24-2005, 11:37 AM
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How do you know you are hitting bottom with the tube for this thing? How do you know you got all the oil out?
Valid and fair questions!

The tube has a stiff piece of metal wire in it to help the tube keep its shape so that you know when you hit the bottom of the pan. The tube can also handle pretty hot oil...at least hot enough that as the oil is being pulled through the tube, you can't hold onto the tube for more than a second or two.

When I first started using this, I was also curious. So in the beginning, I used the sucker and then got under the car to remove the bolt from the oil pan. Nothing of significance came out. Did *something* come out? Yes, a few drops came out but not enough for me worry.

As far as brake fluid goes, this container doesn't really aid in making sure you get all the bubbles out of your brake lines but what it does do is keep things cleaner and easier for you.
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