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      03-07-2012, 02:22 PM   #1
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which car jack

What car jack should I buy (to change winter/summer wheels)? Any special fit needed for a 3-series or would any jack be suitable?

Also any recommendations on wheel nut wrench? And torque wrench if needed?

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      03-07-2012, 02:51 PM   #2
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What car jack should I buy (to change winter/summer wheels)? Any special fit needed for a 3-series or would any jack be suitable?

Also any recommendations on wheel nut wrench? And torque wrench if needed?

Thanks for advice/suggestions
Any trolley jack should do, but best to make (your own) or purchase one of the jack addaptors. Such as: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-JACK-P...item46013b2f67

Torque wrench is better to undo and redoup the wheel nuts. But remeber the torque should be done up "dry" and not "wet".
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      03-07-2012, 03:09 PM   #3
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Any trolley jack should do, but best to make (your own) or purchase one of the jack addaptors. Such as: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-JACK-P...item46013b2f67

Torque wrench is better to undo and redoup the wheel nuts. But remeber the torque should be done up "dry" and not "wet".
Thanks for the advice and link
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      03-07-2012, 04:05 PM   #4
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Hi Barry,

I have two BMS Jack Pads in stock. 19.99 each inc postage.

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BTW You shouldn't use torque wrenches for undoing bolts, only tightening them.

Just get a 17mm wheel wrench from halfords, or a socket set with a long enough ratchet handle.

Lots of trolley jacks now come with flat rubber coated pads so you can use them straight on our plastic lifting points.
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For lifting points just get a 1 ice hockey puk off ebay and cut it into shape 10 min job.

Jack wise you will need one which is very low entry as normal halfords ones dont fit under the 3 series

If you know anyone Costco do a ARCAN one for 100



Bought one last year and its very nice, light and very easy to use.

If anything at least ensure you ahve adpaters for the points. Otherwise you risk crushing/damaging them. 1 from ebay is not much

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I have been using one of these for a year now and it's great, it gets under low slung BMW's and at the moment Machine Mart are doing no VAT


http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...=1&TC=SRC-jack
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      03-08-2012, 02:23 PM   #8
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I have been using one of these for a year now and it's great, it gets under low slung BMW's and at the moment Machine Mart are doing no VAT


http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...=1&TC=SRC-jack
Thanks to everryone: doughboy, magic77, creepy coupe, for the great advice, wouldn't have known what to use otherwise!
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I have been using one of these for a year now and it's great, it gets under low slung BMW's and at the moment Machine Mart are doing no VAT


http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...=1&TC=SRC-jack

Even cheaper here even without the VAT
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Liftmaster...ht_2442wt_1163
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If anything at least ensure you ahve adpaters for the points. Otherwise you risk crushing/damaging them. 1 from ebay is not much

good luck
If your jack has a flat pad, you don't need any adaptors, the lift points are fine.

What do you think BMW / any other garage use to 'protect' it when lifting your car on their 2 post lifts? nothing, precisely.
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      03-08-2012, 06:23 PM   #11
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You can buy a SEALEY low entry 2t + jack for about 120 delivered.

Have a look at the Sealey Yankee jack. I find its excellent and fits a lowered car too.
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I have been using one of these for a year now and it's great, it gets under low slung BMW's and at the moment Machine Mart are doing no VAT


http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...=1&TC=SRC-jack
+1 on this one been using this same one. The rubber pad works fine on the jacking points.
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+1 on this one been using this same one. The rubber pad works fine on the jacking points.
89.00 for it while on offer is a bargin IMO
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      03-09-2012, 08:07 AM   #14
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Bloody good at that price. Well made and lifts my E91 no problem and hasn't mullererd the jacking points. It's also low enough to get under the car
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I bought some years ago a Halfords hydraulic trolley jack which does not lower enough to get under any of the jacking points.
To get around this I run the car up on an Argos catalogue which lifts the car sufficient for the jacks circular platform and the insert I use for the jacking points.
It does the job!
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      03-14-2012, 07:23 AM   #16
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I have been using one of these for a year now and it's great, it gets under low slung BMW's and at the moment Machine Mart are doing no VAT


http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...=1&TC=SRC-jack
I enquired about the no VAT but it's by "invitation only", needless to say I didn't get an invitation
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I enquired about the no VAT but it's by "invitation only", needless to say I didn't get an invitation
Me too, but if they add your contact details to their customer list then I'm told that they will send the invite/offer - although still waiting!
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Scared to jack the car up and ruin the jack point underneath the car. Also is there anywhere to put a jack stand under for extra safety?
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      08-11-2012, 03:04 AM   #19
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I have a LCI E90. This trolley jack goes under mine, I also use the ice hockey puck addition works fine on mine

http://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/pr...ley-jack-ctj2b
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Wow cheap. Might get one and the hockey puck idea.
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Anyone got the measurements for the central part if I want to customise a hockey puck?
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Anyone got the measurements for the central part if I want to customise a hockey puck?
Here you go mate...

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showth...ight=Jack+puck

http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=616494
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