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Tips & Tricks: How to Safely Raise a Vehicle Using Ramps

When used properly, ramps are the safest alternative to raise your vehicle with a jack and jack stands. Just keep in mind that your vehicle won't be level when using ramps since you can only use ramps on one axle. As a result, ramps aren't advised for changing fluids, such as motor oil, since having the vehicle tipped up at an angle can prevent fluids from draining fully.

Let me further share with you this guide on how to raise a vehicle safely. This way you can do it on your own though it’s still very helpful to have a friend spot you from outside the vehicle as you drive it up the ramps.

Step 1 Park your vehicle on a firm, level surfaces such as concrete or asphalt

Remember:

  • Do not raise your vehicle on soft or uneven terrain
  • Note that if the ground shifts or the ramp changes position unexpectedly, you could be seriously injured or killed
  • Centre the steering wheel so that the front wheels point exactly straight ahead

Step 2 Slide the first ramp directly in front of the vehicle's front, driver-side wheel until it touches the rubber of the tire

Step 3 Put the second ramp into position directly in front of the vehicle's front, passenger-side wheel.

Step 4 Make sure each ramp is centred in the path of the tire. This way when the vehicle moves forward, both wheels will stay completely supported by the ramps.

Step 5 With the motor running and your vehicle in gear, begin slowly driving it straight onto the ramps.

Step 6 Since the steep incline of the ramps, you'll need to give it more gas than you might expect.

Also, remember:

  • Though at first, the vehicle may not move forward at all.
  • Slowly and steadily apply more throttle until the vehicle begins creeping up the ramps.
  • When doing this for the first time, be prepared to stop quickly in case you accidentally apply too much throttle.
  • Either keep one foot on the brake pedal or one hand on the e-brake lever.

Step 7 If your car has a manual transmission, use your left foot to feather the clutch pedal.

 

Step 8 Continue driving slowly up the ramps until your vehicle levels out and then stop immediately.

And then remember:

  • You can either find the correct place to stop purely by feel, or you can have a friend spot you from outside the vehicle.
  • If you don't make it all the way up the ramps on the first try, that's okay. Just let it roll back down, stop at the bottom, reposition the ramps and try again.

Step 9 With the front wheels in final position at the tops of the ramps turn off the ignition.

Step 10 Put the vehicle in Park (or first gear if you have a vehicle with a manual gearbox), set the parking brake, and remove the ignition key.

Finally, remember:

  • Use extra care when exiting the vehicle, which is now raised much further from the ground then when you entered.

Step 11 Chock the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards down the ramps.

Are ramps safe?

Providing that you take all of the recommended precautions when using them, vehicle ramps should give you a very safe way of working underneath your vehicle. If you are in any doubt, then seek professional advice before using them. And so working on your own car can be easy and fun, but it's got some potential dangers if you don't use common sense. But with this easy-to-do guide on how to raise your vehicle on ramps, you’d have a safe vehicle repair or maintenance time.

It’s also important to remember that there are plenty of great options out there when it comes to choosing ramps, so if you’re not sure to what suits you just click here to explore other ramp options.


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