Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Central Oregon
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Mine hasn't seen any service bays since I got it except the one at home. The lift makes things way easier but as others say it can be done on stands. Most fluid draining I do is close to the ground, absent the rolling oil catch can in the picture. If I let fluids fall to a drain pan on the floor there's too much splashing. I do have a roll-around service cart that my shorter drain can could sit on, but that generally gets used for staging stuff to go back in. Horizontal surfaces devoid of "stuff" is always a challenge in a working shop.
I'm a little pickier than the dealer techs when it comes to quality of fluids and the level of care exercised during services. It seems like the first job that someone gets in the shop is the "lube rack", so the least experienced and educated folks are the ones most likely to be doing normal service tasks.
As far as the lift: One of the best workbay investments ever. Should have popped for it 20 years earlier than I did. The Pilot is a bit of a challenge to support on safety stands without diddling the little support spots on the body. Hockey pucks on the lift pads mean the paint is still perfect and no metal is distorted at those spots.
I probably need to get the factory jack out at some point and solve the "too short" and "damage to the body" issues in one shot, probably with a new travelling jack. The one that comes with the car is dangerous under the most favorable conditions, never suitable for lifting the car to work under it, that's for sure.
2013 Touring in Alabaster Silver with black inside. Has LED interior lights now, full rubber mats, and the deluxe running boards added.
In the high desert of central Oregon.
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