detailing and grease removal and jack stands
I don't have a lift, but the underside of my car is really grungy. Any hints for the following:
1) grunge removal in a garage (when you need to clean like 1/4 inch of ick off the bottom of the engine) - degreaser seems to all want rinsing with water, and that's tough to do in a regular garage. Besides, I've tried a few different kinds and I'm close to resorting to a putty knife, nothing seems to do much more than smear the thick stuff. 160k of unkind miles...
2) lifting the thing. ground clearance is kinda low to start. Putting the front on ramps does not help much, if I am underneath looking up, and licked my lips, I'd lick the chassis too (yuck). I'm a little leery of using jack stands to hoist it 2 feet in the air though, especially if I'm crawling underneath it. I do have some 2" x 12"x 18" flat concrete paving blocks, and I was thinking about putting the car on them... basically I'm looking for someone to say yeah, they put the car up that high all the time, no problems, it's sturdier than it looks... Can you put the car up on jackstands all around and it won't fall? Do you just lift the car up in the front really high?