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Old 06-27-2006, 12:59 AM   #1
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What to hold my car up with..?

Hi. I just have a quick question. What can I use to hold my car up for a while, without having to buy expensive jacks?

I need to get my wheels off so I can get my rotors off so I can take them to get resurfaced. Is there some cheap and efficent (and safe) object I can stick underneath my car to hold it up while I get my break work done?


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Old 06-27-2006, 01:03 AM   #2
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A decent jack can be had for under $50 Like this one...I'd suggest that you get one of those rather than risk putting cinder blocks there
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Old 06-27-2006, 01:12 AM   #3
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Thanks.. but I was hoping to find an even cheaper alternative.. I really can't even afford my break job right now, much less a $50 jack.

I don't trust cinder blocks.. that was my first thought. I wouldn't put those under my car. I can just imagine them crumbling.

Are there any other cheap alternatives? Maybe stacks of 2x4s?
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Thanks.. but I was hoping to find an even cheaper alternative.. I really can't even afford my break job right now, much less a $50 jack.

I don't trust cinder blocks.. that was my first thought. I wouldn't put those under my car. I can just imagine them crumbling.

Are there any other cheap alternatives? Maybe stacks of 2x4s?
Never EVER use cinder blocks or bricks to support a vehicle for the exact reason you cited. You can safely use lumber if you stack it in a manner that that is stable. That being said, you can purchase a perfectly acceptable pair of jack stands for under $15 so using wood is still a distant #2 choice.

As for the "break" job you can't afford now. Perhaps it would be more within your price range if you were to do a brake job.
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Old 06-27-2006, 06:28 AM   #5
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Just buy a jack dude, they're not that expensive and well worth the investment.
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Old 06-27-2006, 06:36 PM   #6
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borrow some jack stands either that or tie a large rope around it and hang it from a tree.
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Old 06-27-2006, 10:36 PM   #7
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borrow some jack stands either that or tie a large rope around it and hang it from a tree.
, great idea! dont forget the yellow hard hat for your safety!

isnt there a Hire centre near you, hire one, im sure that wont cost much, if you dont want to buy one (which is better for you incase you have a similar problem)
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Old 06-28-2006, 03:10 PM   #8
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If it's really an issue, cant you borrow a jack and axle stands....surely somebody you know has some.
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