Originally Posted by BonnevilleLErocks
I'm going to change my oil myself for the first time once the springs temps come and I was wondering where are some the best points to place the jack? ...snip
Well, for simple fluid changes, I use a pair of plastic ramps (Rhino). It'* less of a pain to simply drive the car up the ramps.
To jack the car up, I use a pair of floor jacks on either side. I come in behind the drive wheels and lift it where the engine cradle connects to the body (looks for the pressed steel channels welded to the underside of the car, it pretty effective.) Another place is to lift it by the lower control arms.
Once up in the air, a pair of jackstands go in and under the engine cradle or subframe rails.
I shy away from jacking the car up using Bill'* method...visions of the car sliding off the jack and punching a hole in the oilpan.
Any way you slice it, you never need a jack capable of lifting the entire weight of the car. The car is in contact with the ground in four places to start with, so even a cheap sissors jack can pick up a corner of the vehicle. (Weight distribution is about 60/40, so picking up the front corner of the car is only about 30% of the total weight of the car...or about 1000lbs.) If the Pep-Boys jack wouldn't lift a corner, then I'd take it back and get another...there'* something wrong inside if it can't lift 1/4 of it'* rated capacity...like maybe they forgot to put hydraulic fluid inside it !
Most important of all...you need a level spot of ground to work with. Trying to jack up any car on a hill is a real adventure. Oh, and don't forget to set the parking brake (FWD car can only lock the front wheels in "Park"...parking brake locks the rear wheels only)