Self Oil Changes....and jacking questions.

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  1. Driver72

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    Who has changed their own oil in their Hellcat?
    If so, is it relatively easy? Or is the oil filter in a difficult place to get to and remove?

    Also, I would be jacking up the front end of the car (I do not have ramps) and was wondering
    if anybody has any pictures of where is the best place to put the jack stands?

    Thanks for insights.
     
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    Thanks Solo,. That's perfect
     
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    It won't go up ramps anyway
     
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    Yeah Im not a fan of those ramps, as they can slide, and have with me before.
    So I ditched ramps years ago.
    But with how low our front lips are, I figured they may not.
     
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    To jack it up, I'm using a low profile jack and the ZL1 jackpad on the front pinch welds. Works great
     
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    The Race Ramps RR-XT-2 67-Inch XT 2-Piece work and mine is lowered.
     
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    For $350 I'll keep jacking mine up for now
     
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    Yeah, my problem is with ramps too, is I don't use them enough to justify them.
    I actually dislike changing my own oil, but I don't like the idea of having to take the time to go to the dealer and wait for it.
    Then having someone that may or may not be all dirty and greasy getting in and out of my car (yes I know they put the seat covers on, but they slide around all the time, and they don't protect the steering wheel, doors, etc. that they touch)
    So I'd rather just spend the time doing it than sitting waiting on them.
    (my other cars I just take to one of those oil change places, but I get to stay in the car while they do the work, I just won't do that with the Hellcat).
     
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    Solo linked that for me in post #2, thanks.
    I've considered a lift as well. I really should just get one. I'm swapping tires, wheels, brake pads, etc on my cars occasionally so a lift might make sense.
    Lift recommendations?
     
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    Sorry, I saw his post but I didn't expand the entire thing.

    It depends what you need for a lift. I have a Mowhawk System 1A (made in USA - New York) which is a beast of a commercial lift. All hydraulic (no cables for equalization at all - everything is hydraulic) and overbuilt. I wanted two post as I use my lift for working on cars (but can still be used for storage).

    There are WAY cheaper options out there. Check out Greg Smith Equipment. Stuff is made in China but it is decent for the price. I have a buddy that has a shop full of these lifts (probably a dozen of them), they are going all the time and there is very little in the way of problems.

    Decide if you want/need two or four post and then do some research. There are tons of options and different price points.
     
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    Thanks.
    Ironically the prior owner of my house, I believe, had a lift in my additional garage as there are holes with sleeves in them in the ground. Must of been a two post one though, as there is just the holes on one side and several feet away some more holes.
    I like the idea of the stability of the 4 post ones, but yeah, they don't make it easy to work on the car, especially changing wheels or brake pads, that makes them useless, as the tires/wheels are actually ON the lift.
    Is there any issue or concerns about the 2 post lift damaging the underside of the car?
     
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    I'll probably do qwik lift again, no space for lift, kinda bummed I sold my 1st one.
     
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    Which is what?
     

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