Northstar Engines and System Technical Discussion Discussion, changing N* oil w/o lift in Cadillac Engine Discussion; I was wondering if it is possible to change the oil without a lift? if so what are the best ...
Ummm yeah, whats the question here, a jack works fine. One jack on the drivers side is what I do. I never tried the other side but I've never had a problem either. I access the car from the front when I crawl under BTW.
If your not man enough to get you shirt and pants covered in dirt and crap...then yes, a creeper works just fine. I have a creeper at my house and at work. The one at work folds into a chair, and has pretty much stayed like that since I bought it. The one at home sits in the corner and collects dust. Wear some old junky jeans and a beat up t-shit so you don't have to worry about destroying nice clothes....cause they will get obliterated.
edit: Haha...it says t-shit instead of shirt........I'm not changing it. But yeah, even with a creeper, your still gonna get dirty. To be honest, your really not gonna have enough room under the car to use one anyway, and you'll have more room to work just shimmying under the car on your back....again, the reason for wearing old, crappy stuff you don't care about. Good luck.
Go to your local auto parts outlet. Get a hydraulic floor jack with a 14"+ lift for about $39.95. If you're lucky, you'll score the companion jackstands for cheap. Lay out an old bedspread. Position the floor jack under the center of the front of the engine cradle and lift until you can position the jackstands under the two pads just outboard of the front of each side of the cradle. Carefully lower the car onto the jackstands. Remove jack. Work. NEVER WORK UNDER A CAR HELD BY ONLY A JACK !!! (Your skull is softer than GM steel) Buy a couple of pairs of Playtex general purpose gloves, a decent sized dishpan, a big funnel, several junk gallon jugs or a 16 quart oil container for trips to the recycle vat, paper towels. The above-mentioned junk clothes. Learn by doing. Yes, lube the filter gasket, prefill the filter, and screw it on just past strong hand tight. Beware of Fram.
I had one of my floor jacks fail on me once, the pressure release valve for the hydraulic cylinder took a crap on itself. I had some cinder blocks under the front cause I could find my jack stand. Scared the crap outa me when I saw that jack drop out of the corner of my eye. This was while changing the oil on my mother's Triumph. I had to life that car about 1 and a half feet in the air (the front end that is) just to get under it enough to have room to work. Without those makeshift cinder block jack stands under the front, my day would have been ruined.
If you try to jack the vehicle in the wrong place you can damage the underbody or frame. Forget the jacks, buy as set of drive on ramps. The ones I bought are called Rhino ramps and they are made of a heavy duty plastic, lightweight but very tough, enough to support a 1 ton truck. Makes life a lot simpler and safer when you need to get underneath the vehicle for anything.