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Old 25-11-2005, 02:09 PM   #1
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Taking off your Alloys? and Jacking up!

Right, i just wondered what people would use to take off their alloys? Do you use the wrench supplied with your car or do you use a different one, like, say something you could buy at Halfords?

I'm just wondering as i want to take the wheels off the Sport tomorrow to seal and protect (i'm using Sonus Engine and Motor Kote) and want to make sure i have everything i need before i start.

Also...do you think the standard jack will be enough to support the car while i'm cleaning (i'll be gentle) or is it recommended to go for a hydralic trolly jack thingy?

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Old 25-11-2005, 02:17 PM   #2
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I use a wheel wrench to remove the wheel nuts and the manufactures supplied jack and have never had a problem. I allways put the spare wheel under the car just in case.

You may find a trolley jack easier to use, a set of axle stands would also put your mind at rest whilst you are cleaning. You can get a trolley jack and axle stand set quite cheap now so it may well be a worth while investment.
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Old 25-11-2005, 04:55 PM   #3
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Like K80 said..id go for either:

Axle stands with standard jack- remember youll only be able to lift one side up a time so will be more time consuming.

Axle stands with trolley jack- easiest and fastest method. Place it on the rear beam and sort both wheels out at the same time.

The thing I'd stress is supporting the car once the wheels are removed.
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Old 25-11-2005, 05:30 PM   #4
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Trolley jack, axle stands, decent 'spider' wheel brace. Re tighten bolts/nuts with a torque wrench.
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Thanks for the advice so far chaps! How much, approx, would i be looking at for a trolly jack and axel stands?
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A friend of mine who's a Ford mechanic suggests throwing the standard jack away after the first use! Trolley jack is a good investment, Halfords do a fairly cheapy one.

If you have recessed bolts I wrap a bit of insulating tape around my wheel brace to stop it scuffing the wheel if it moves.

Get some axle stands if you intend to leave the car in the air for any time.
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Old 25-11-2005, 08:02 PM   #7
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i got my trolley jack from aldi for £10, works well too
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Got my trolley jack from Machine Mart, was only about £20. Axel stands I got from Halfords, torque wrench from Machine Mart too.

Pain in the rear owning a smart, it don't come with a jack or a normal sized wheel bolt.

If you've got recessed wheel bolts, Maplins do 'hole covers' I got the 30mm ones on my wheels that cover up the holes and stop all the dirt etc from getting in the recess.
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If using a trolley jack, just be careful where you place it, especially at the front.
You dont want to be causing damage with it.
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Old 26-11-2005, 09:28 AM   #10
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I'd avoid using the jacking points if the car's going to be up for some time. On 205's for example it can damage the sill

I generally use the front wishbone or subframe as a jacking point although I now have to drive car onto blocks first to get enough clearance! For the rear, I use the bottom shock mount as a jacking point

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