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Hello All. I’ve changed my oil a few times now since I got my Elise (a year and a half now!! Wow that was way too fast!) and done it quite successfully. But today there was a hydraulic jack failure where my baby came crashing down stuck to the “diffuser” shield as I was repositioning the jacks. Hydraulic fluid everywhere. Thank goodness I didn’t destroy anything underneath!!! Not happy but I still have my pretty face! Ha!!!

Now I have to go look for a replacement shield. Does anyone know where I can get one? I don’t even know what it’s called. Is it for aerodynamic or a shield?

I banged the metal back and stuck it back on until I can get a-replacement. Like you all said maybe it’s time I get some rhino ramps or a larger house with a four post life! Thanks everyone for the well wishes and reminders!!

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Question what is everyone using to lift their Elise? Are you removing all of the panels to lift for the oil change? Are you still using a hydraulic jack?

Thanks everyone!!!


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Thanks for posting. It is always interesting to see what can go wrong. I hope you get your baby fixed up nicely.

I saw someone selling a diffuser on this site a few months back for around $100.

For what it's worth I normally back my car up onto two plastic ramps for oil changes. The ramps are rated for about 3 or 4 times the actual weight of the car.
 

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Thanks for posting. It is always interesting to see what can go wrong. I hope you get your baby fixed up nicely.

I saw someone selling a diffuser on this site a few months back for around $100.

For what it's worth I normally back my car up onto two plastic ramps for oil changes. The ramps are rated for about 3 or 4 times the actual weight of the car.
How do you make sure the car is level during the oil change?
 

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Haha. The ramps raise the rear of the car by roughly the same amount that my sloping driveway lowers the rear of the car. But even if it didn't, it probably would not matter since an oil change is only changing something like 4 L of the 7 L in the system.
 

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Hi Paul,
Sorry to hear about this mishap. What a nightmare, but at least you were no injured. May I ask what jacking point you were using when this failure occurred? I am curious because I would like to avoid something like that happening to me.
Hi Paul I have posted the nifty jiffy bar made for Elise along with a cheap low profile hydraulic jack phillpsburgh which is harbor freight brand trying to place my jack stands. Now in hind sight is always 20/20, I’m going to buy the gorilla ramps to jack up the car and place the ramps underneath so even if there was a failure it wouldn’t have come crashing down. Stupid me. I was so mad. It happened pretty fast. People forget that stuff like this is always dangerous.
I do it myself because I can’t trust the garage lifting the car up in the right points but of course me doing this to it is not better. Lol. Thanks I was not injured but my ego is. Sigh.
 

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How on earth did that happen? I suggest paying to have a shop do the work or learning the proper way to lift/support the car for an oil change before you seriously injure yourself.
I’ve done the oil change myself like 5 other times successfully. The hydraulic jack failed. Fluid everywhere. Came crashing down as I was placing the jacks underneath the car.
 

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Your lift looks pristine compared to my HF. I've used under water, in saltwater, under houses, submerged in mud and besides running low on oil never failed me fingers crossed. Between my 1.5HF and my 4T porta power from HF they paid for themselves 1000X over.
 

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Thanks for sharing. It is not always easy to go public about your failures, especially in this day and age of the social media effect of trying to highlight how perfect we all are. This serves as a great reminder to all and could just save some ones life.
Thanks I don’t take myself too seriously. I can run with the boys. Well I can see if I did something stupid. I can’t help for tool failure. But it was harbor freight quality. I’ll have to invest in a better hydraulic jack or find a sugar daddy. Hahahaha!
 

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Thanks for posting. It is always interesting to see what can go wrong. I hope you get your baby fixed up nicely.

I saw someone selling a diffuser on this site a few months back for around $100.

For what it's worth I normally back my car up onto two plastic ramps for oil changes. The ramps are rated for about 3 or 4 times the actual weight of the car.
David I’m not Nader i can’t go in reverse real well let alone up a ramp! Ha! But hindsight is always 20/20 I’m going to buy those gorilla ramps after I jack up the car I’ll set them on the ramps. Still need to buy a nicer jack. Thanks for the note I’ll take a look for selling parts. Now I know it’s called a diffuser.
 

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Your lift looks pristine compared to my HF. I've used under water, in saltwater, under houses, submerged in mud and besides running low on oil never failed me fingers crossed. Between my 1.5HF and my 4T porta power from HF they paid for themselves 1000X over.
Dude would love to see that jack then. Im still a girl. I still wipe down all of my power tools and equipment and put it in my craftsman tool chest (Navy)! So yes mine still looks new!!! Lol! Thanks for making me feel better!!!
 

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Mai that is crazy, glad you are okay other than some damage to the diffuser. Lucky me I've always had access to a four post lift, those hydraulic jacks always made me a bit nervous. Now's a good excuse to get a flat diffuser and do an above diffuser exhaust :p
 
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Dude would love to see that jack then. Im still a girl. I still wipe down all of my power tools and equipment and put it in my craftsman tool chest (Navy)! So yes mine still looks new!!! Lol! Thanks for making me feel better!!!
Who needs Jack Stands? These are much more mobile...like one finger to move across the garage. Two hands if jack stands on rear subframe.





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Who needs Jack Stands? These are much more mobile...like one finger to move across the garage. Two hands if jack stands on rear subframe.





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Mai that is crazy, glad you are okay other than some damage to the diffuser. Lucky me I've always had access to a four post lift, those hydraulic jacks always made me a bit nervous. Now's a good excuse to get a flat diffuser and do an above diffuser exhaust :p
Ha! Well not all of us have a four post lift. If I ever get a small house and build a huge 6 bay garage and get a Maserati too.
Hmm I’ll have to research what a flat diffuser is. But if they were a good thing wouldn’t Lotus have those put on instead?
Thanks. I’m still around to bother you all lol!
 

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Omgosh I think I have the same jack!!!
Ooo I like the doliies!!! Does those insulation sheets hold the weight?? Wow.
 

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Love this idea. And it holds the weight??
It's used for concrete insulation. It will support 1000# per HF dolley and however many 12"X12" squares of foam you use. About $100 or less for all four corners. I use two if quick in and out and four for a more comfortable work height.
 
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Sorry to hear of the failure. But, glad to hear it was only damage to a replaceable part and no one was hurt.

If you are just doing an oil change and wheels are staying on, could you use ramps to avoid this in the future? Or, if you do not have ramps or room to store them, you could use a jack to lift the car and then place stacked boards (cut down) under the wheels as a back up measure.

Hiope you get it fixed up quickly.
Hi. Thanks. Yes I was repositioning my one jack stand when the hydraulic jack failed. I’m looking at getting the gorilla ramps.
 
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