How to correctly raise (Jack-up) your vehicle to change your wheel to the spare

Jacking up a car is a task that seems impossible if you don't already know how to do it. However, it is an important skill for any driver.


Although garages are always willing to undertake vehicle repairs, it is sometimes necessary to change a wheel yourself. Never try to do this on a motorway. Use your mobile or a roadside emergency phone to call for help. You must then wait outside the car as far from the road as possible.

When it's safe to change the wheel yourself, you must not begin raising the vehicle until you have applied the handbrake and blocked the rear wheels to prevent the car moving. Bricks are ideal, but if you find yourself having to change a wheel on a roadside, you will have to use whatever is to hand. If there really is nothing you can use, it is sensible to try to contact a professional to come and help. If that is not an option, park as close to the kerb as possible, with the car's wheels turned inwards. If the car comes off the jack, this may be insufficient to prevent you from getting hurt, but it should stop the vehicle from rolling away and causing an accident.
Incorrect placement of the jack can damage your vehicle.

Check in the manufacturer's handbook to find the correct spot. If you don't have the handbook accessible, the information may be available on the internet. Once the jack is in place, use smooth strokes to bring the jack handle up to its highest point. Then place a pair of jack stands underneath the car on either side of the jack. Adjust them so they are a little lower than the jack itself. You can then lower the jack slightly until the car is resting safely on the jack stands. At this point you can give the car a little wobble to check it is secure. It is then time to remove the jack and prepare to change your wheel.
 

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David is the National Retail Operations Manager for Protyre. One of David’s areas of responsibility and expertise is dealing with the DVSA and MOT’s for Protyre. As the Authorised Examiner Designate Manager ( AEDM ) David deals with applications for changes to the many Vehicle Testing Stations ( VTS’s) including managing the growth of the Number of MOT testing stations that Protyre operate, allocating MOT tester roles, and monitoring the MOT Test logs to ensure that Protyre MOT standards are maintained as the best in the industry. David handles the relationships with our parts suppliers to ensure that Protyre only fit the best quality servicing parts, brake parts, and other aftermarket quality parts at the right price. David is also involved in ensuring that all technicians are trained or assessed to carry out the work completed in all centres, and that Protyre has a robust Quality control ( QC) Procedure in all centres. David is also involved in developing the customer service standards and customer service training for all Protyre team members to ensure that all Protyre customers can expect the highest levels of customer service. At Protyre we believe we have the highest levels of customer service excellence that can be found, not only in the garage industry, but also when compared to other retail organisations. Another area of expertise is David’s involvement in developing Protyre Operational, Environmental, and safe working procedures. David has worked for some of the UK’s best retailers and this expertise has been a key component in helping develop Protyre into a highly respected company within the fast fit industry. David’s mission is ensuring that Protyre is the local garage that you can trust.

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