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Wooden DIY Car Ramps

You can easily handle any vehicle emergency with these wood car ramps!

By: sourdoughjim from instructables.com
Wooden DIY Car Ramps
Wooden DIY Car Ramps
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Save yourself the money and the scooting of metal ramps and make these Wooden DIY Car Ramps! This tutorial will show you step-by-step with detailed instructions and pictures to build your own car ramps to gain access to the filter and drain plug of your car. These wooden car ramps are easy to keep in the back of your car for those potential emergencies and, since they are portable, you can gain access to the bottom of your car just about anywhere. You are going to love how functional and inexpensive these DIY car ramps are!

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

MaterialsWood

Primary TechniqueWood Crafts

Easy

Project TypeMake a Project

When to Use These Car Ramps

Learning how to do routine maintence on your own vehicle can save you a ton of money. If you can complete a quick repair yourself, all you need to buy is the parts. DIYing your car maintenance allows you to skip those pesky labor fees that can be marked up like crazy, especially at a dealer. Make car repairs easier with these car ramps. These ramps are perfect for:

1. Gaining access to your drainage pumps and fixing issues.
2. Check for filter issues in your car.
3. Exploring under the car issues you can't quite see from the ground.
4. Lifting your car high enough to get a standard jack underneath it.
5. Roadside issues! Keep these in your car in case of issues while you're out driving.

BE SAFE! Before using these ramps, be sure to inspect them as to avoid older wood crumbling. Also never use car ramps on an unstable surface, and remember to set your brake and use tire chocks to keep the car from rolling off of the ramps. It's also a good idea to set jack stands underneath your car as an extra safety precaution. Should your car ramps malfunction, these will mitigate injuries to anyone under the car.

Additionally, while checking for issues under your car while these in the ramps, be sure to lay parallel to the wheels whenever possible. This way if the car does roll off the rack, it will not roll on top of you and cause serious injury.

Check out this resource from All Garage Floors, which has more great safety tips (including how to drive your car onto car ramps), plus a comprehensive guide to the best car ramps you can buy.

Thinking of buying car ramps instead?

We love this DIY option, but purchasing car ramps can also be a good choice. And even if you still decide to DIY, you can learn a lot about making your own car ramps by studying commercially available options! 

Here are a few things we learned:

  1. Many car ramps can slide when you try to drive onto them, especially if they rest on a slick garage floor. Adding a towel under the ramps can help with this problem.
  2. Plastic car ramps can get brittle and become prone to breakage when used in extreme cold. Always follow safety procedures when using a car ramp.
  3. If you purchase a car ramp, read all instructions that come with it. Also know what your weight rating actually means! GVW rating (gross vehicle weight) and single axle weight rating are very different things.

What are your best tips for using car ramps? Let us know in the comments!

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While these ramps are affordable and innovative, I really do worry about their structural integrity. I do a lot of work on my own car and have invested in a set of good quality ramps and blocks. I am confident that they will hold my car. I wouldn't want to risk my car falling off some homemade ramps and onto whoever is working under it. This tutorial just isn't for me.

This is brilliant! I used to use cement blocks and wood going from the ground up to the block, but your way gives you the feel of 1,2,3 and is also more structurally sound as Ive had the wood break whilst Im driving up before and its not ideal! Thanks for this!

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