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A little ramp mishap.. #5409612 04/21/20 03:28 PM
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I had a chance to finally chase a rattling heat shield issue on our 2015 Nissan Versa sedan today, so I figured I drive it up on my Rhino ramps. I must have gotten a little aggressive on the go pedal mid way up the ramps, causing the right side ramp to shoot rearwards towards the rear wheel. The vehicle then of course smashed down onto the ramp, causing the rocker panel pinch weld to chop through the plastic ramp like a meat cleaver. Rhino ramps do have rubber feet on them to prevent sliding, but maybe the cold temps and relative smoothness of the garage floor didn't help. The versa does have kind of a touchy tip in to the E-throttle which doesn't help. Probably lucky I was using plastic rhinos as opposed to my old steel set of ramps.
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Re: A little ramp mishap.. [Re: JTK] #5409620 04/21/20 03:34 PM
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Oooops!

Glad nobody got hurt.

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wow, never thought about what would happen if you drove off the edge. I have a cheapo set from Harbour Freight that I use.....


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Re: A little ramp mishap.. [Re: JTK] #5409624 04/21/20 03:41 PM
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On a concrete slick garage floor I always put something under the ramps to keep them from sliding only my set was wanting to slide forward before putting something underneath. Usually use a piece of carpet or something.


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Kinda scary when you think about how fragile they are if you make a fairly common mistake....
Even if you use ramps ALWAYS use a SECONDARY support as a back up. Place a jack underneath on jack points and make sure the pad contacts the lift point.
It might save your life even if it takes a few extra minutes!

Re: A little ramp mishap.. [Re: JTK] #5409646 04/21/20 04:10 PM
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I had that happen a few weeks ago when my daughter was driving her Odyssey onto a set of plastic ramps. She started to drift back and goosed the throttle. It spun the ramp under the right front tire back under the car.
No damage, easy recovery. Next try I drove it up and hit the throttle perfectly to put the car on the top section.


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ouch duh

as long as you and the car is not hurt. all is good

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You have waaaaay too much horsepower; it simply overpowered you.

Actually, I love my HF ramps, but thinks like this give me the heebie jeebies.

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Actually, a relatively big shot of adrenaline coursed your veins; likely cleaning them.

You just pushed any circulation problem back 10 years. Natural SeaFoam.

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I think the progression of steps on my Pine-O-Ramps handle forces different than a large angled face.

The last ramp I slung was a steel ramp going up 4 about a decade back.
Now I do one ramp, two ramp, and four ramp jobs without issues.

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Originally Posted by R1jake
On a concrete slick garage floor I always put something under the ramps to keep them from sliding only my set was wanting to slide forward before putting something underneath. Usually use a piece of carpet or something.

Yep. I use two pieces of carpet padding on the smooth concrete.


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My ramps made out of a cross tie never moved, they were heavy.

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Originally Posted by NormanBuntz
Originally Posted by R1jake
On a concrete slick garage floor I always put something under the ramps to keep them from sliding only my set was wanting to slide forward before putting something underneath. Usually use a piece of carpet or something.

Yep. I use two pieces of carpet padding on the smooth concrete.


Great idea, Rhino Ramps + smooth concrete is dangerous especially w/FWD vehicles.


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May not have helped in your situation, but I rock the car back a little and wedge the ramp under the tire.

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Sad thing is, this ~47yr/old concrete garage floor isn't really smooth.

Like a poster above mentioned. What did me in is I lost momentum on my way up and goosed the throttle just a bit too much on this little 100hp monster. LOL!

A shame too because I liked these ramps. The one is now junk. I like the carpeting idea.

What sucks about a little econo box like this Versa is, everything underneath is flimsy sheet metal. I'm talking like soda can. You have to use the pinch welds for jacking. I've got 3 different 'pinch weld adapters' for my floor jacks. One puck, one fab'd aluminum job and one channel steel job. None of them are a really great fit on this car, but can be safely used.

I guess the good thing is a think I finally got the rattling heat shield fixed with by adding a fender washer to one of the screw mounts.

Disturbing the amount of under body rust spots on a 2015 with ~48K miles on it and I coated it with fluid film in the fall. Only owned the car a year.


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