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post #1 of 32 Old 02-25-2013, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Driving Over your Oil Change Ramps

I have Blitz Rhino ramps for doing oil changes. I'm very careful when climbing the ramps, because once they level out, if you're on the gas, you can pretty easily drive off the other edge of them.

I've done it twice now, and it really pisses me off. Fortunately, I haven't done any permanent damage yet.

Please spare me the "you're an idiot, be more careful" suggestion - I am as careful as I possibly can be, and trust me I tell myself this already.

Has anyone else had this problem? Or does anyone have ramps that work for the accord where it would be harder to do this? (I have taller ones, but they don't fit under my bumper)


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Lay a couple of pieces of 2x4 before the ramps if they are taller. This allows the wheels to climb a bit before touching the ramps.


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Never, ever had this issue. I say "leadfoot" is your problem. So I suggest a second set of eyes to help guide you up next time.

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I have the same ramps. To climb, I manually shift car into 1st gear (auto tranny) and apply steady slow gas up the ramp. If you have the hit the brakes to stop, you're gunning it to hard and the ramps may slide.

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I have the same ramps. To climb, I manually shift car into 1st gear (auto tranny) and apply steady slow gas up the ramp. If you have the hit the brakes to stop, you're gunning it to hard and the ramps may slide.
Thanks - I'll try this to see how it works next time.

I move very slowly up the ramps, but I find that on my gas pedal the line between not moving up at all and driving over the edge is VERY fine. I go from sitting still to throwing the ramps with the slightest twitch of my foot. It's nerve-racking.

Maybe if it's locked into first, it'll give me a little more wiggle room.

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Driving Over your Oil Change Ramps

I've seen this done once (it was hilarious) maybe pull up on the parking brake a bit before starting up the ramp? Would have to find the point where it's so much you end up spinning front tires but with it in lightly the car will just stop as soon as you let off on the gas
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I have a set of Rhino ramps like , and they have a big lip at the end to keep you from driving off. Is that what you have? I can't imagine hitting that hard enough to go over it but maybe it's different with an automatic. If you're driving an automatic, you could try one foot on the brake and one on the gas. Might make the transition a little faster
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ive driven over them once before as well, drive slow and dont hit the gas hard. if you roll back let it roll and retry.

now im dropped too low and I cant even use the ramps anymore. Forced to jack up the car and use stands for oil changes. PITA!

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I've seen this done once (it was hilarious) maybe pull up on the parking brake a bit before starting up the ramp? Would have to find the point where it's so much you end up spinning front tires but with it in lightly the car will just stop as soon as you let off on the gas
Thanks - this makes a lot of sense. The rear wheels will pull back on the car while the fronts climb the ramp. Should keep me from moving too fast. I'm definitely going to try this as well as leaving the car in first gear.

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I have a set of Rhino ramps like these, and they have a big lip at the end to keep you from driving off. Is that what you have? I can't imagine hitting that hard enough to go over it but maybe it's different with an automatic. If you're driving an automatic, you could try one foot on the brake and one on the gas. Might make the transition a little faster
These definitely have a higher lip than my ramps - mine are older, so maybe Blitz got feedback from dummies like me and improved the design.

I've been doing one foot on the gas, one foot on the brake recently - this does seem to help with my reaction time.

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I have the Rhino ramps, every time I go to use them, I'm always scared I'm going to fly off the top. I always go slow and have a spotter.

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could try one foot on the brake and one on the gas. Might make the transition a little faster
That's how I do it. It's easy to me since that's how I drive an automatic
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Ramps are useless, I have a pair abandoned in the back of my parents' house, due to the same issue. I did a burnout one time on them. If over time your ball joints and spring/shock wear out, forget even clearing the ramps. My old 98 Accord, before the drop, after 2 years of owning the car, couldn't clear the front bumper. Get yourself a jack and a pair stands. You can move the jacks anywhere, not just under the tires.
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Jacks are way better but I'm on a slight incline carport so its safer to use ramps for me. I already had the jack slip when I was letting it down for tire rotations. I wish I had a garage.

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Wow, have been using the ramps for 6 years now. Never had an issue on 3 very different cars Subaru Legacy Wagon, Mercedes 300E and now my Accord. You don't have to hit the lip!! I repeat you don't have to wait to touch the lip to stop! When you feel the car leveling out just stop right there. Most of the time I'm about 2-3 inches from the lip, I throw on my wheel chocks and get to work.
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I have had the exact opposite problem..My ramps would always slide. Ramps always scared the crap outta me anyway. Now I just use a jack and jackstands. Allows for more room to remove the filter.


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