Van Vs car repairs

Soldato
Joined
17 Jun 2012
Posts
11,147
How big a difference woupd it be working on a car vs van, say a 3.5 T van. You'd need to make sure you had appropriate jack and jack stands. What else would be different, roughly speaking most tools and techniques should just transfer over?
 
Soldato
Joined
24 Oct 2012
Posts
22,372
Location
London
Yep. Odds are the van will be easier to work on as you'll have more pokey space. It'll also squash you harder so get the right kit.
 
Soldato
Joined
25 May 2008
Posts
3,301
Location
North Wales
Tbf i doubt most 3.5t vans weigh much more than a decent saloon car nowadays and much the same as most SUV's.

They'll be 3.5t gross, so all loaded up with cement mixers and 3 burly lads etc, empty they'll probably weigh around the 2,000kg mark so normal tools would be fine.

Always wise to invest in a jack and stands rated more than what you'd expect but I'm sure most car stuff you'd buy is rated to 3.5t anyway.
 
Soldato
Joined
20 Oct 2010
Posts
3,846
The only issue other than getting the correct weight jack and axle stands (always get bigger than required to be safe) I can see is that there's probably more room under the bonnet of most cars than (transit sized) vans due to longer bonnets allowing more access
 
Soldato
Joined
18 Oct 2002
Posts
10,504
Location
Castle Anthrax
Once you get beyond a certain size, you reach a point where 1/2” drive sockets etc aren’t really big enough and you might need the extra strength of a 3/4” or even 1” drive but thats more getting towards HGV etc I doubt it would apply in this case.
 
Man of Honour
Joined
13 Oct 2006
Posts
83,076
Tbf i doubt most 3.5t vans weigh much more than a decent saloon car nowadays and much the same as most SUV's.

They'll be 3.5t gross, so all loaded up with cement mixers and 3 burly lads etc, empty they'll probably weigh around the 2,000kg mark so normal tools would be fine.

Always wise to invest in a jack and stands rated more than what you'd expect but I'm sure most car stuff you'd buy is rated to 3.5t anyway.

Most vans are still a few hundred kg more than the bigger SUVs and pickups, etc. but as you said most decent car tools are rated to 3-5t anyhow just make sure it is reasonably decent stuff as the cheap generic stuff often isn't up to its supposed rating :(
 
Soldato
Joined
13 Jan 2010
Posts
6,354
Location
Manchester
Tbf i doubt most 3.5t vans weigh much more than a decent saloon car nowadays and much the same as most SUV's.

They'll be 3.5t gross, so all loaded up with cement mixers and 3 burly lads etc, empty they'll probably weigh around the 2,000kg mark so normal tools would be fine.

Always wise to invest in a jack and stands rated more than what you'd expect but I'm sure most car stuff you'd buy is rated to 3.5t anyway.


My swb ford tranny weighs 2.2t with all my tools. My Vauxhall movano mwb weighed 2.4t with all my tools.

Sometimes I have to go on a weight bridge to get rid of waste from a job.

So yeah, not that much more than a suv
 
Top Bottom