Inexpensive Car Ramps

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Intro: Inexpensive Car Ramps

I needed to make another set of ramps for changing oil in my car at another location. I thought I would make this process my first instructable. I have a pair of store-bought steel ramps that I hate to use. The ramp angle is steep and they tend to scoot on you. These homemade ramps are easier to drive onto and give plenty of clearance to gain access to the filter and drain plug. My lumber came from the "Value Wood" section at my local big box store. Total cost was $.98.

Step 1: Materials

2 ea. 2"x6"x4' boards.

Step 2: Cut Your Lumber

Take one of the boards and cut in half at a 45 degree angle, these will be your bottom boards. Take the other board and cut into two 8" pieces and two 16" pieces.

Step 3: Nail Together

Nail or screw the lumber together as shown. I nailed the top 8" piece back about an inch from the edge of the middle board. Done. Driving up on them you can feel the individual boards, 1-2-3. Place in Park, set the emergency brake, then get out and check that your vehicle is positioned satisfactorily. You could add eye screws to them as a means of adding a rope and snap hook to hang them on the wall. Additionally, hex-head screws could be screwed into the bottom for increased 'bite' on an icy surface.

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    heifercook

    3 years ago

    I cant wait to see your next instructable idea. I'm sure it will be innovative and inexpensive

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    heifercook

    3 years ago

    Thank you Mr. Sourdoughjim

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    heifercook

    3 years ago

    Thank you Mr. Sourdoughjim

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    heifercook

    3 years ago

    You certainly made the world a .......better place , and certainly

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    neopolitan

    3 years ago

    i would have to suggest that if you are getting under your car using these, put your spare wheel under the car while you are at it....

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    mxx

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Nice idea, and I second seamster's suggestion of little bumpers. Even if they don't prevent you driving off the ends, you will feel the tyres hitting them and know to brake.

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    sourdoughjimmxx

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks seamster and mxx. I suppose a piece of scrap 2x4 laid on it's side could be screwed to the end of the top board. These aren't very tall so even if you did drive off the end, it's doubtful anything would be damaged. Last winter I did spit one of them out the back of the car driving up on them on ice. That was in my Nissan Versa. Hence, my suggestion about the screws in the bottom when it's icy.

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    seamster

    3 years ago on Introduction

    I really like this!

    One thing I'd do if I make a pair of these would be to add a bit of scrap wood at the front ends to act as little bumpers of sorts, so I won't drive off the end of the ramps.

    Nice and simple, thanks for the idea!