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Floor Jack question

wallstreet123456

New member
Location
NYC
Ride
GTI
I would like to purchase a floor jack to change the oil on my GTI really wont be doing much more since I am not very mechanically inclined.

I do not have much storage room either so I wanted to know if a 1.5 ton jack is sufficient or shouldni get the 2 ton? I would just use it to raise the car and put it on jacks.

Thanks in advance.
 

DSC808

Go Kart Newbie
Location
HI State
Ride
2016 GTI SE
You'll want at least a 2 ton jack to be safe. 1.5 tons = 3000lbs; GTI is 3120ish. Harbor Freight has some inexpensive floor jacks. I went super cheap and got this from O'Reillys, but I also have Rhino ramps that I can just drive on. If your vehicle is lowered you'll need low profile floor jacks.

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OR you can get a oil extractor if your just gonna do oil changes. Cheaper than a jack, less space? You'll want one that holds at least 6 liters. ECS has some good stuff. Diggs would disagree.
 
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russiankid

Go Kart Champion
Location
PA
You'll want at least a 2 ton jack to be safe. 1.5 tons = 3000lbs; GTI is 3120ish. Harbor Freight has some inexpensive floor jacks. I went super cheap and got this from O'Reillys, but I also have Rhino ramps that I can just drive on. If your vehicle is lowered you'll need low profile floor jacks.
A 1.5 ton is fine, you're not lifting the whole 3k pounds at once. I have a 1.5, 2, and 3 ton jack and I use the 1.5 the most because it's easier to maneuver around. If you're only doing oil changes, get a set of ramps.
 

Ridebjj

Go Kart Newbie
Location
lasVegas
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I would like to purchase a floor jack to change the oil on my GTI really wont be doing much more since I am not very mechanically inclined.

I do not have much storage room either so I wanted to know if a 1.5 ton jack is sufficient or shouldni get the 2 ton? I would just use it to raise the car and put it on jacks.

Thanks in advance.
It starts with oil changes, and before you know it, you're diy new brakes, installing new springs, etc. So if it's a choice between a jack (and stands) or an extractor go for the jack. Also buy a few hockey pucks as cheap jack pads.
 

anotero

Drag Racing Champion
Location
SoCal
Get both a jack and an oil extractor. Last time I changed my oil I got more out with the extractor than I ever did with gravity. Sucked that sump dryer than dry.
 

Corprin

Go Kart Champion
Location
Twin Cities
Every garage should have jack and stands. I have an Arcan 3.5ton and 6 sets of stands of varying styles. But I also do much more than oil changes. I’ve wrecked the cheap aluminum “race” jacks from the typical stores, and a couple of the cheaper steel ones. The Arcan has lasted years more than all the rest. Of course it weighs 100lbs and is a dog to shift around. But that’s for when wheels come off. I like ramps for all else. I have a set of extenders made of PT 2x6 to get the lowered cars up onto them.

I just wish I could get a fumoto valve for the VW.


I use old kitty-litter jugs to transport old fluids to the hazmat recycling center.
 

mayhem_j30

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Louisville, KY
Just curious, what do you guys do with the used oil? How do you transport it?
Dump it back into the now empty oil containers and take it back to wherever oil was purchased to be recycled. At least here in KY it's a required service to provide but any auto parts store or even a Walmart should offer this service.
 

YamR1rider

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Tampa, FL
Just curious, what do you guys do with the used oil? How do you transport it?
I have a cap for my extractor which I put on, then I take the whole thing to my local autoparts store 5mins away and tip it out into their recycling tank. I transport it upright in my car inside a trash bag as a safeguard against any minor leaks.
 

Acadia18

Go Kart Newbie
Location
Rhode Island
Dump it back into the now empty oil containers and take it back to wherever oil was purchased to be recycled. At least here in KY it's a required service to provide but any auto parts store or even a Walmart should offer this service.
Then you have Liqui Moly 5L bottles, which can't be recapped...
 

95b14

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
845 NY
Get a good jack. Think about it, it’s not uncommon to rotate your tires in conjunction with an oil change interval. You can’t do that with ramps. A floor jack is so much more versatile.

Side note, I love harbor freight and have a bunch of their stuff. I worked at one for a time in college and the only thing that was ever returned consistently were the floor jacks. Too big of a safety implication to me. I’m sure there are plenty of people that have had no issues with their harbor freight jack but from my observations, I would recommend a better brand. You don’t have to go nuts. The craftsman that I use is older than me and still gets the job done.
 

mayhem_j30

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Louisville, KY
Their 5L bottles have a pull tab top.

To be honest, I've only done one oil change on my GTI so far, and I opened it by pulling the tab. Not sure if you can unscrew the cap or not.
Well you're the only one who mentioned Liquid Moly. I've never used the stuff and prefer things I can find easily and locally. I've never seen a container of oil that can't be resealed and if that's the case it's a ridiculous design. What do you do if you don't use it all?

Also note that I've used old milk jugs in the past to store used oil/car fluids.
 
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