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Axle stands have sturdy tripod legs and can be adjusted to different heights.

They enable you to support the car off the ground safely, with sufficient clearance for working underneath.

Axle stand

Axle stand

Position stands under axles or structural members, not under unsupported sheet metal. It is unsafe to fit them under a car that is tilted.

Axle stands that give maximum ground clearance of about 370 mm and will support a weight of up to 1.5 tonnes are usually sufficient.

Buy stands that are securely welded all round at load-bearing points, not just spot welded in a few places. Make sure the platform fits firmly in the stand and cannot be rocked from side to side.

On some axle stands the height is adjusted by means of pins, on others by a ratchet system, which is easier to operate.

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