Best way to take all 4 wheels off?

Discussion in 'Wheels, Tyres, Brakes & Suspension' started by bob6600, Jul 19, 2017.

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    I have to remove all 4 wheels off a vehicle at some point so they can be refurbed. I have the tools - 2 large trolley jacks and 2 sets of axle stands.

    Sounds dumb but is there a preferred way to jack this up? Front (or back) onto stands first or one side (front and back)? It probably doesn't make any difference but I thought I'd ask just incase there is a preferred method. I'm sure some of you would have done this. Thanks
     
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    I'd be inclined to do front or back, rather than one side then the other.
    I'd also feel happier using wide wooden blocks rather than axle stands for the first end up in the air: just in case there is any front to back movement when jacking up the other end.
     
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    One would normally use the front centre jack pad (sticking out through the undertray) to lift the front, then use the the diff to raise the back.
     
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    Why not pay someone else to take the risk.

    Fifty quid would probably cover the cost of getting a specialist (like Lepsons) to do it for you: removal, tyres, vehicle storage etc.

    Why not pay someone to do the job for you, and eliminate the risk of any damage to your beloved car, either during removal, or while on stands / blocks?

    Just asking....
     
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    If it was mine, I would most certainly go down this route. For the sake of £60 or so the refurbers were asking for it made sense but the owner doesn't want to pay the extra cash when his son can do the dog work and save him some cash :wallbash:
     
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    End to end, not side to side. Tried the latter on my 968, ended in tears.
     
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    Having recently had to do exactly this on my 124 Estate. This is how I did it.

    Get a big bolt or steel bar that will fit into the jacking tube on the car, leaving enough to get a trolley jack onto the outer end of the bolt/bar.

    Lift car using trolley jack and bar/bolt> Place axle stand under cars jack pad & lower car> Proceed to next corner and repeat.

    I did rear first, then front. When I dropped the car back on its wheels, I dropped the rear, then the front. No reason for that ;^)

    It all worked with no drama's and the 124 Estate is about as big a car as you can want to lift.
     
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