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Old 07-01-2020, 05:00 AM
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I feel like some basic tools are obvious and a very good response sum from others (torque wrenches, sockets, etc.)
To me, some game-changers were:
Jack: https://www.harborfreight.com/3-ton-...ack-63183.html
Stands: https://www.amazon.com/ESCO-10498-Ja...3599491&sr=8-3 (these used to be cheaper!)
Impact: https://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-2...99M1/206387892 (this used to be cheaper, too).
Ramps: https://www.amazon.com/Race-Ramps-RR...600752&sr=8-11
Agreed those are clutch, particularly the jack and the stands. To me, having two floor jacks is almost a necessity. Use the first on a jack pad at the side of the car to create ample clearance to get the second jack under the central jacking point and still have room to swing the jack handle. As soon as there is room to swing the central jack handle, swap the first jack to the central jacking point at the rear to prevent the back from squatting too much.

With two floor jacks and 4 stands, you can have the car safely elevated and on stands very quickly.

It may be different for automatic tranny oil pan cars, but for the stamped steel oil pan, if the car is not level, oil will end up on the plastic undertray when draining the engine oil. It will inherently drip out next time the car is parked nose down, pehaps causing both concern that something isn't right or disappointment that your freshly seal-coated driveway has a massive oil stain.

speaking of jacking, I use hockey pucks on the jacks and made jacking inserts for the car's jack pads from hockey pucks. or you can buy proper ones....prevents damage to jack pads.

example: https://www.oembimmerparts.com/BMW-E.../096641010.htm
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Old 07-01-2020, 05:49 AM
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Just out if curiosity, do you have 1 pair of jack stands or 2 pairs?

3 pairs of jack stands, 4 hydraulic jacks of varying sizes and types, 4 sets of 16 ton ramps (including the old school metal kind with the leg straps), and a lift. I seldom use the jack stands; any job that requires a quick lift/lower sees use of the ramps, and any job that will see the vehicle in the air for a while uses the lift. Iíve seen plenty of jack stands fail over the years (think about it: 25% of the vehicleís weight is supported by that little metal dog) but have never seen a proper ramp or solid block fail. Iíll often use pieces of 6x6 or 8x8 cribbing to support heavier weights, but never a concrete (certainly never a cinder!) block.

For hand tools I have mostly S&K, older Craftsman and Schwaben stuff. SAE and metric , e torx open and 6pt/12pt box wrenches (including ratcheting versions), shallow/deep sockets (both impact and chromium), some wobble sockets, a plethora of wobble extensions, speed drives, too many channel lock pliers/dykes/needle nose/c clip pliers to remember. And then a shelf full of vehicle-specific tools (GM, Ford, VAG, BMW, etc) that rarely get used but pay for themselves when they do, various metal working tools, engine rebuild tools (micís, hones, valve lapping stuff, ring compressors/spreaders, etc.)... and then thereís the cabinet of tools Iíve had to make because one didnít exist for the job at hand.

Itís to the point where I buy tools in duplicate simply because Iíve forgotten I have something. Being prepared is my addiction.


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Old 07-01-2020, 08:29 AM
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Agreed those are clutch, particularly the jack and the stands. To me, having two floor jacks is almost a necessity. Use the first on a jack pad at the side of the car to create ample clearance to get the second jack under the central jacking point and still have room to swing the jack handle. As soon as there is room to swing the central jack handle, swap the first jack to the central jacking point at the rear to prevent the back from squatting too much.

With two floor jacks and 4 stands, you can have the car safely elevated and on stands very quickly.

It may be different for automatic tranny oil pan cars, but for the stamped steel oil pan, if the car is not level, oil will end up on the plastic undertray when draining the engine oil. It will inherently drip out next time the car is parked nose down, pehaps causing both concern that something isn't right or disappointment that your freshly seal-coated driveway has a massive oil stain.

speaking of jacking, I use hockey pucks on the jacks and made jacking inserts for the car's jack pads from hockey pucks. or you can buy proper ones....prevents damage to jack pads.

example: https://www.oembimmerparts.com/BMW-E.../096641010.htm
may be different for automatic tranny oil pan cars
. I was going to order just a pair, but now that you bring this up I might as well order 4. But, I have a automatic transmission so maybe it doesn't apply to me?
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