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What's the best way to lift the car for working under?

Always maintained my car at the dealer, but recently switched to DIY with success.

Many jobs require getting under the car, e.g., replacing transmission filter and fluid, replacing fuel filter, etc., on the W211, so wondering what's the best/safe tool for raising the car to work under it safely without breaking the bank?

For example, I saw some 3 Ton Craftsman Jack Stands at Sears for ~$30/each.

Please let me know from your experience the best options.

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Always maintained my car at the dealer, but recently switched to DIY with success.

Many jobs require getting under the car, e.g., replacing transmission filter and fluid, replacing fuel filter, etc., on the W211, so wondering what's the best/safe tool for raising the car to work under it safely without breaking the bank?

For example, I saw some 3 Ton Craftsman Jack Stands at Sears for ~$30/each.

Please let me know from your experience the best options.

Thanks!
Well, you definitely want to use jack stands and even ramps if possible..

FWIW, I have changed my oil, fuel filter, serpentine belt, and many other things just from the top..
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A lift is the absolute best way to work under the car safely.

If you have to be under it, the more wheels you can leave on a solid surface, the better. A car on four jackstands isn't awfully stable. If you have to go that route, build some cribs to stack in there as a fail-safe, just in case.

BTW, the stands at Sears are fine, but I think that price is per pair. If you can wait for a sale, they often put those in a package deal with a floor jack and a cheap creeper for $110 or so.

That said, test your jackstand's release pressure. Put it in place with the handle facing out, let the car rest on it (you only want the tire barely off the ground) and then see if you can lift up the handle. If you can, that means you could inadvertently drop the stand if you kicked it, etc.

There is an excellent thread discussing this at Peach Parts: OT: but always on topic... secure raised vehicles! - PeachParts Mercedes ShopForum

Even on a lift, you have to think about what you're doing, too. I don't know the outcome of this incident, or what the guy was trying to do, but I hope he survived without serious injury to work another day.




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