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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 07-22-2018, 06:30 PM
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Always chock wheels left on the ground and never get under a car only supported by a jack.

My process is to leave the jack in place as a backup once the car is settled on jackstands. Then I slide the wheels under the car as an additional backup.
I do this too, just in case.
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Old 07-23-2018, 12:36 AM
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Poor guy, and to all his significant others, my sympathies.

Consider these: https://www.myturbodiesel.com/wiki/w...o-jack-stands/

(Larger) cribbing blocks are what is used to hold up ships in drydock. These are self made is a few hours.

Unless you're on completely level concrete, jackstands are not as safe as we should use on our cars.

Be safe out there.
Funny, but that same webpage inspiried me to build cribbing blocks a couple of years ago. Two things that I learned though, as I am forced to go around the vehicle and add a block at a time. First, drill a dowell them so that they don't slide when stacked. Second, made sure that the top block of each wheel has stops to lock the wheel in place.

The process is a pain, but once the car is on them, it is not going anywhere.
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Old 07-23-2018, 01:24 AM
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So jack stands for sure should hold right? I had a fear when I first changed my oil but I forced myself to go under after my friend went under like its nothing and the fear is gone in me now until I see this. I did have my car on stands for 3 weeks while I waited on a proper puller for my AC before just settling with a bypass. I plan on DIY fixing my oil leak and servicing my tranny fluid and changing the filter here in a month or two. I dont want to get myself killed because I'm trying to avoid getting ripped off.
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Old 07-23-2018, 02:25 AM
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when ever you take the wheel off...
and your going to put the car on jacks or blocks or anything..

you take the wheel and you slide it under the car,

if the jack stand or blocks fail.. the car lands on the rim and tire and you have enough room to survive,
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:51 AM
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I think of this EVERY TIME I go underneath my car, trusting my life to 2 (or 4) Harbor Freight Jack stands and jack.

Think i'll start a hedge fund to get an actual lift.....
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Old 07-24-2018, 07:05 PM
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I think of this EVERY TIME I go underneath my car, trusting my life to 2 (or 4) Harbor Freight Jack stands and jack.

Think i'll start a hedge fund to get an actual lift.....
Good thread that highlights some of the issues that we can have.

I invested in a set of these jack stands for my Z4.
Have changed tires from summer to winter and back and done a couple of mainenance items.
No issues, they have a plate to fit BMWs and feel safe while working. They are a bit more expensive but worth the peace of mind.

Not sure about the rules about pushing products so wont do any advertising here but if anyone wants more info pm me....
FYI, I do NOT work for the company...just a happy customer.

Also, they are so popular, some major companies have contracts with them, that the deliveries are out a few weeks.
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Old 07-25-2018, 06:50 AM
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I think of this EVERY TIME I go underneath my car, trusting my life to 2 (or 4) Harbor Freight Jack stands and jack.

Think i'll start a hedge fund to get an actual lift.....
Same here. I dislike being paranoid about getting under there, so I make sure I have the technique down packed
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Old 07-25-2018, 10:29 PM
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I have always jacked the car up, put at least one jack stand (with pin) under the closest supporting member like an axle, and then lowered the jack down until it touches the jack stand and it takes some of the weight. The theory being that if the jack fails, there is no acceleration of the car as it falls to the jack stand.
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