Discussion in 'General maintenance, upgrades and modifications' started by gspannu, Apr 10, 2020.
Is there a designated spot on the cross member?
ok mate, will do shortly
Looking at options for myself as I would like to swap wheels around on my M2.
The pad isn't flat, so how well does the BMW jacking pad sit on it? I'm looking at the following
I'm only planning on working on one wheel at a time, so would jack be fine.
Not sure whether to get an impact wrench driver, but defo getting a torque wrench to torque properly. I believe it's 130Nm for locking nuts and 140Nm for standard nuts.
I'm planning on swapping from my m513 to winter 640m, but then back to 437m. Being in the south I also have a feeling I'll be swapping regularly.
Just bought the Sealey unit, nice bit of kit @ £150
Also live in the South and only just changed over. Torque wrench is always useful and can set your mind at ease when thinking are they wight enough.
Impact driver won't necessarily loosen the wheel bolts but that depends on the model you buy and how tight the bolts are in the first place. Once you have broken the initial lock on the bolts use to undo the rest of the way, and after you start them by hand use to tighten up and then torque to check.
If I'm working under a car then axle stands are a must, and you should really use if changing the wheel but I don't always bother
Steer clear of SGS jacks, I had the 2.5 tonne low profile one delivered DOA last week. All the oil had pissed out of it. They tried to get me to take it apart and refill it myself to which I declined, they said if they are sat around for a while the oil can leak which isn’t particularly encouraging considering how often it would get used.
It only just got collected today, they first tried to get me to pay for it to be returned (even though it’s faulty) and then after being challenged, told me they would collect last Friday.
They didn’t turn up, not so much of an issue as I was in all day due to lockdown, otherwise I’d have been well peed off.
The whole experience didn’t give me confidence that’s for sure, 3 to 5 days for a refund too, hopefully that part will go smoother.
Well I never knew you could get a rubber for an axle stand.
Raising from front centre - at which where do you place the jack? Always struggled with this one.
That is piss poor and particularly the customer service. I get things break/faulty, but it’s the way you deal with it.
If I’d waited in all day and a no show, they’d be getting an invoice based on day rate.
I’ll see what local Halfords has stock..
I bought the “Halfords own” 2tonne low profile jack with axle stands. Has served me well thus far!!
I have an old Halfords jack in the garage, it’s never let me down.
Halfords Advanced 2 Tonne Low Profile Trolley Jack | Halfords UK
In stock locally
Unlike it has the car
Sealey 2001LEOR 2tonne Low Entry Trolley Jack with Rocket Lift- Orange: Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools
I got the same jack. Its brilliant. I use it for whenever do bigger jobs ie lifting the front end up or the rear.
If you look for round type puck that's your jacking point. Its just past the undertray.
That Jack seems descent. Is it quite heavy tho being made from steel? It seems to have a good lift height at just over 50cm
I’ve had the Halfords jack, it wasn’t the low profile one mind. But I recently purchased a second hand arcan one which I believe is from Costco, the 3 tonne one. It is such an improvement tbh, yeah sure it’s heavy but it feels much safer when using. I would suggest spending a bit more on a jack as it should last you a while. Also do make sure to check the measurements that it will get under as nothing worse than having to mess about getting the car up just a little bit to get your back correctly under. Also make sure it does indeed go high enough up to get the axle stands under, again a problem I had with my Halfords one.
I also have the Halfords axle stands, only have 2 atm but enough for what I use them for. Will eventually get 2 more so I can put the car on 4 stands.
As for torque wrench I have a bahco electronic torque wrench. Had it from work tbh, more than what’s needed I would say.
Whereabouts do you put the axle stands?
I always use the jacking points. Usually with either a small sponge, or small block of wood just to hopefully stop them damaging the jacking points.
I know this sounds dumb but if you've jacked it up, how do you then put the stand under the jacking point?
I guess jack from rear, stand under the front, then when you jack the other side, you can put axle stand under. Last one you can get by jacking the central jacking point as car will be up enough to allow you to get the jack under.