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Raising the car: axlestands or ramps?

When you need to get under your car, are you OK with jacking up the car and using a pair of axlestands? And where precisely do you set them?

Or do you feel safer running it up a set of ramps?
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Ramps all the way. Much easier and much safer. I have HD ramps for pickups, that are taller than standard. On some MB models I need to put a plank at the bottom to avoid scratching bumpers when driving on it.
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Ramp definately.
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Axle stands definitely.

On my W124 there are 4 good solid points to fit axle stands under.

If you use ramps then effectively you can't do any brake or suspension work.

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cant be ever too cautious. use the ramps to get the car up, then place the jackstands for double protection

u dont wanna be 'that guy' that was crushed under the car..!

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How do you go about brake and suspension work though or any work where you need to turn the steering?

If you fit them properly, axle stands are perfectly safe.

On the 124 (Not sure how the jacking points are on other Mercs) the jacking points are large nipples, if you have stands witha small cup in them then apart from being underneath and pulling ona bolt with a few tons of force, you'll never shift it.

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I never crawl under my truck when it's in the air. It's just my rule. If I had to, I suppose the ramp would be my choice. I found a teaching shop that has bays you can rent. You can even use their tools (I prefer my own) and ask the guru guy if you need advice. Not a bad deal at all.
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my sears 3ton jackstands are useless with MBs b/c the jacks do not fit the rubber nipples.

for simple oil changes etc, this is what i do. i use rhino 12000lb ramps, get the car up, confirm secure mount, engage parking brake, & place chokes on both rear wheels.

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You change the oil without the car being level? How does that work?
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Use both. If you are going out to get some jack stands get the kind that have a pin than insert as oppose to the lever that locks it in place. Recently there was a thread on another forum showing a member whose jack stands failed while he was under it. His Porsche 914 came down on his face. You can never be too careful when you are under a vehicle.

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