A jack is one of the crucial tools for someone driving, but where you put it in case of a flat tire is what makes the difference. So, where do you put the jack after a flat tire? Many people have lived a life of disappointments mainly due to the poor use of the jack. So, where should you put the jack after a flat?
It is very simple if you follow the following steps.
Finding level ground
One is advised not to rake instantly after having a flat tire. Instead, they are encouraged to slow down until they find a safe place to park the vehicle. If they find a level ground off the road, the better. This is because changing a flat tire on the road is very risky, as some motorists might just act ignorant enough to ram into the vehicle. The jack should only be used on a level but the firm ground.
This is because it helps reduce the chances of the car rolling when the body of the vehicle is raised to one side. If one must do the tire changing on the road, he/she must make sure it is not near a corner or on a thin stretch of a road. These two locations are dangerous to change the tire from as they are risky.
One should only use the jack after applying the parking brakes to prevent the car from moving when it is raised. They are also advised to ensure that both the front and rear lights are turned on, especially at night to enable other road users to know that there is an accident ahead. The hazard lights enable the motorists to start braking from a distance and know which side of the road to keep. If one is working on this issue during the daytime, they can place some twigs a few meters away from the vehicle to alert the road users. This comes in handy especially if one does not have with them the warning triangle.
What to do to the wheel
Before placing the jack, one should remove the hubcap from the wheel. After it is out, you should start to loosen the lug nuts. This is done by turning them counterclockwise and it is very vital since doing the same after this stage is the easiest way to harm your car. You are also advised to use wheel wedges to prevent the vehicle from rolling as you change the tire. If you don’t have them with you, it will be better if you use stones instead.
Place the jack under the car
After the nuts have been loosened, it is now time to put the jack into use. This is a very delicate stage and extra care is needed. Those who are not sure of how to go about it refer to the car owner`s manual. You should understand that most of the vehicles have a plastic molded beneath the body, on the sides. Placing the jack on them can make them crack. It is therefore advisable to sandwich the body and jack with a small piece of wood. This reduces the chances of the plastic getting damaged.
However, new lowered car models such as Audi A8 have a small gap between the plastics specifically meant to allow for the jack. You should ensure that the jack is strictly placed on the metal and not on the plastic.
To make sure you are working on a stable jack, especially if you are working off the road, you should place a hard object, such as a stone beneath the jack to prevent the weight of the vehicle from pushing the jack deep into the ground.
Raise the vehicle
You should turn the jack until the flat tire is about 5 inches above the ground. Lifting the vehicle higher could make the car lose its weight and as a result roll. A precaution measure is given during this process. You should never, at any given time put any part of your body beneath this vehicle since the jack could fail, and the results are grave.
Remove the tire
Since before lifting the car you had loosened the lug nuts, it is now time to unscrew them completely, mostly by hand. Now hold the tire by its treads and pull it towards you gently to prevent the whole weight from falling on you. Lay down the flat tire on its side so that it doesn’t roll always.
Use the spare tire
The already fully inflated tire should be placed on the hub of the wheel. One must ensure that the lug bolts are visible through the rim of the wheel. They should then start tightening the nuts on the wheel by hand until they cannot be turned anymore.
Lower the vehicle
You should lower the vehicle down, ensuring that the whole weight of the vehicle is not on the tire. This is mainly meant to ensure it becomes convenient to tighten the lug nuts with the wrench. Using the wrench now, you should start turning the lug nuts clockwise, one by one, until you are unable to turn them anymore. After you are done with the screwing, you can now lower the vehicle down until the full weight of the vehicle is resting on all the four wheels.
Replace the hubcap
You should compare the size of the hubcap that was on the flat tire and the new one. If they fit, you can place it back to the new tire. If it doesn’t, you can stow it together with the flat tire.
How to jack up a big truck. Where to place a Jack
After you are done with the replacement, you should stow all the equipment into the trunk of the vehicle and ensure the pressure on all the tires is adequate. You should take the flat tire to a specialist.
Make your drive worthwhile with these easy steps. As Bridgestone says,” there is never a good time for a flat”. You should rise to the occasion and do the fixing of the wheel without having to depend on help from others since it takes at most 30 minutes to change a tire.