How to use car ramps for changing oil?

What are the purpose of the car ramps? I would like to buy them so its easier to maintain my car, however when changing the oil (my main maintenance job) I know the car needs to be horizontal, not on a slope that way you can tell when you have the correct amount of new oil in. How do you use it for changing oil?

Asked By: Alex - 11/4/2011
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Drive car on ramps, chock rear wheels (extremely important) drain oil change filter etc, roll car off ramp fill oil check level and there you go.
Answered By: sitsunderbridges - 11/4/2011
Additional Answers (9)
Use the ramps for draining the oil and replacing the filter. Roll the car back down to put the oil back in.
Answered By: gandrew - 11/4/2011
Drain the oil on the ramps, then push the car off before filling
Answered By: adaviel - 11/4/2011
You don't as you said the car needs to be level, the sump for most cars is easily accessed without the need to raise the car
Answered By: John Mcateer - 11/4/2011
depends where the oil drain plug is if it is at the back of the pan it will drain faster and better on ramps
Answered By: Harley Drive - 11/4/2011
You really don't need to take the car off the ramp to fill the oil up, you can put oil in while your car's on the ramp but for some cars you'll need a funnel to put the oil in, but for some cars if you tilt the oil bottle on it's side, if go slowly pouring the oil,you really don't need a funnel. thanks.
Answered By: Patrick - 11/4/2011
Borrow a set from a friend and roll it up on both ramps and roll it off... The car does not have to... More
Answered By: kevusaborn - 11/4/2011
The ramps are used to get car high enough so you can fit under it, and to safely support the car... More
Answered By: chevyraceman_383 - 11/4/2011
I use car ramps all the time when I'm changing my oil. It makes it very convenient to be able to just crawl under the car and see everything, especially on my 626 where the filter is way on under there. The best way to do it would be to read in your owner's manual what the capacity of your engine is and put that much... More
Answered By: Jack Grandal - 11/4/2011
You drive the car on the ramps slowly. Drain the oil. Put half the bottle in and roll off it then slowly fill it to max level on the dipstick while it is off the ramps and level on the ground.
Answered By: DrkLce - 11/5/2011
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