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Old 23 Aug 2009, 12:46 am
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Default What type of jack should i get to do basic maintenance on my 97 Prelude?

It seems that everyone is doing their own maintenenance these days. i want to learn to my own as well, oil change, oil flush, tranny fluids... only thing i've ever done is change spark plugs, i don't know anything about taking the cover off... anyway.... i'm just wondering is there certain kind of jack i can buy for home/apt use?
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Old 23 Aug 2009, 01:01 am
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Should use a small floor jack like a 2 ton or 2 1/2 ton.... your supposed to use jack stands too. If your doing anything else but changing tires you can use ramps...way cheaper and no stands required.
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Old 23 Aug 2009, 01:16 am
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About the best is a floor jack - they come in different lengths, so you don't need a standard model if you want a smaller will lift the car easily to about 12" or so off the ground. Also get a repair manual for your car at an auto parts store; it has detailed instructions, photos, and specifications to make the DIY repairs much easier :}
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Old 23 Aug 2009, 01:31 am
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go to wal-mart, target, or sears and buy the small cheapest jack you can find. It will work just fine for a prelude. Just make sure you use ok jacking points or you could do some damage. Also jack stands are a great idea for safety, jacks can and do malfunction. Never get under your car with just a jack in place. You could die!
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Old 23 Aug 2009, 01:46 am
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Get a pump action hydraulic jack. I have a 2 1/2 ton sears. You can lift one whole side of the car a time. Saving time on tire rotations and getting clearance to work under the car. Also get jack stands. that way you can jack the car safely and let it sit on the jack stands. So the car does not fall on you.

Also chaulk the wheels with a wheel block, so the car can not roll.

A transmisson fluid changes leaves alot of fluid in the transmission. Get a professional flush every one hundred thousand miles. That way all the old fluid is gone.

Get a Chilton's Manual, it will have step by step instructions and pictures doing the maintenence.
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