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Yakety Yak... Jackety Jack...

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Photo: Not me, but whoever did this is absolutely insane.

I’m not a mechanic, I know very little, and the place to start has always been oil changes (at least that’s what I’m led to believe). I know the oil my car runs on, I check it and all that, I know where the knobs and screws are, I’ve just never done it because 1.) I don’t have any buddies to spot me and 2.) I haven’t had the gear.

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But with all of you, I have at least one and a half of those things... maybe.

I’m not saying you’ll road trip down here and give me all your tools, I’m essentially asking for guidance, starting with actually jacking the car off the ground.

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I do NOT have a garage, I have an apartment complex, and there’s one little area where nobody really parks that I’d likely use to do the change. It’s not ideal, but it’ll do. I also don’t have a garage for storage, so anything I buy will take up real estate in one small closet that I have, or will get thrown into the trunk of my car. Either way, the situation isn’t perfect.

But I have to start somewhere, and that somewhere is purchasing all the necessary things. In this post, it’s the jack and stands.

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I do all my car part searching on CarID, cause it looks nice and has lots of things (although it doesn’t have an Acura TSX SportWagon/Honda Accord Touring Trunk Cover). This is the first result to pop up, and two tons is enough for my ton and a half car. But before I buy it, I gotta clarify all the other types of jacks on the market, and try and find one that isn’t too expensive. (I know you can’t skimp on safety, but 300 seems a bit steep).

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This is a poorly photoshopped bottle jack, to which I ask, wouldn’t this work? Would two of these on each side work? That cuts the price substantially, but it still has to be the right tool for the job.

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And what about scissor jacks? Two of those on each side would get the car raised a bit. Or just one and then right after I’d slide a jackstand underneath... and speaking of jackstands...

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Which ones do I get? There are a ton, and each of them would hold up my car just fine but I’ve read somewhere that Big Red has had some problems with their stands (an amazon review maybe?). Regardless, there are so many options and the long and short of it is I need help.

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What do you suggest? What do you use? Wanna let me borrow it? (just kidding... unless... no that’d be silly... unless...)

That’s all from me, heres Yakety Yak by Chet Atkins, my favorite rendition of the song:

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