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Changing radiator on driveway with slight slope #4569077
11/09/17 04:36 PM
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llmercll Offline OP
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I need to swap the radiator on my 2003 Jetta and the only place I can do it is my driveway with a slight slope. This is a new place and I've never jacked the car up on this driveway, in addition my garage is full of junk so it's my only choice if I want to DIY. I believe the driveway is less steep near the bottom so I would probably do it there.


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I would engage the parking brake, jack up the front two tires, place jack stands, and then chock the rear wheels. I just wonder if this is too much of an incline to do safely.

Thanks!

Last edited by llmercll; 11/09/17 04:37 PM.
Re: Changing radiator on driveway with slight slope [Re: llmercll] #4569081
11/09/17 04:39 PM
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If you do as you say I would say you are good to go.


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Re: Changing radiator on driveway with slight slope [Re: llmercll] #4569083
11/09/17 04:42 PM
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You're fine. Nothing to worry about.

Re: Changing radiator on driveway with slight slope [Re: llmercll] #4569084
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I'm glad to see that you decided to attempt the job.

My driveway slopes both ways from a peak in the center, and I am used to it. It isn't really any more dangerous sloped to the rear like that as long as the wheels are chocked. I would almost prefer that because you will theoretically gain more clearance under the front and there is more weight on the rear end of the car making it a bit more stable.

Personally I would back it up more to gain more room in front of the garage door. I suppose you will be opening the garage door, but you will be working in that area and you will want enough room to lay down under the bumper to get that lower rad hose. If you are going to flush it through the lower rad hose you will be working in that area a lot.

Nice car dude, but you should consider fixing those rusty fenders. I did mine last year and it is much worse underneath than on the surface, trust me.


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Re: Changing radiator on driveway with slight slope [Re: llmercll] #4569089
11/09/17 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted By: llmercll


I would engage the parking brake, jack up the front two tires, place jack stands, and then chock the rear wheels. I just wonder if this is too much of an incline to do safely.

Thanks!


You will be fine on the slope, HOWEVER, One major thing I would change is set your wheel chocks at the rear tires FIRST You then put the car in neutral and let the car roll into your chocks until it stops, then set your parking brake, then you can jack the car up and set it on jackstands. Doing this will greatly reduce the risk of the car shifting/moving while you are jacking it up and/or placing the jackstands.

Last edited by Tman220; 11/09/17 05:03 PM.

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Re: Changing radiator on driveway with slight slope [Re: llmercll] #4569106
11/09/17 05:23 PM
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My dad's driveway has the same slope and I just put a wheel-stop on the back tire and put on the emergency brake. You're fine.


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Re: Changing radiator on driveway with slight slope [Re: llmercll] #4569112
11/09/17 05:35 PM
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Agreed with the others, you'll be fine. Also agree with Tman, chock the wheels first, let your car roll into them, then set the parking brake. This way you have the wedged tires in addition to the brakes keeping the car from moving.

Re: Changing radiator on driveway with slight slope [Re: llmercll] #4569141
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I would back it up to the garage and drive forward up on ramps if you have them.


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Re: Changing radiator on driveway with slight slope [Re: rooflessVW] #4569164
11/09/17 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
I would back it up to the garage and drive forward up on ramps if you have them.


I believe I need to take the tires off for the rad replacement.

Re: Changing radiator on driveway with slight slope [Re: llmercll] #4569203
11/09/17 07:27 PM
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You could do it in the street.

Do you really need to have it on jack stands to change the radiator?

Re: Changing radiator on driveway with slight slope [Re: llmercll] #4569271
11/09/17 08:27 PM
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YOU sir, are just fine.


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Re: Changing radiator on driveway with slight slope [Re: llmercll] #4572592
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Just want to let everyone know the repair went well =)

Re: Changing radiator on driveway with slight slope [Re: Kuato] #4572806
11/13/17 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted By: Kuato
YOU sir, are just fine.


I don't see how anything could make it in to the garage...


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Re: Changing radiator on driveway with slight slope [Re: llmercll] #4573327
11/13/17 09:54 PM
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I also have an inclined driveway. It works fine just use a floor jack and adjust your jackstands to what you need. A magnetic level is a good thing to use too.


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