How To: Use a car jack to replace a tire

Use a car jack to replace a tire

Everyone who drives should know how to use a car jack in case of a flat tire or blowout. Check your owner's manual to find out where your car jack and spare tire are located. In most cases, they are somewhere in the rear of the car. The video shows us how to use a telescoping jack, though the more common type of jack requires a scissor motion to raise the car and lifts from the side rail. The telescoping jack lifts from the axel and to raise the jack you need to insert the rod into the hole near the base of the jack and turn clockwise. Make sure that the groove in the jack fits securely into the place where it comes into contact with the axel to avoid any slippage as the car lifts off the ground. You also may want to place blocks against the tires so the car won't roll. Make sure that the car is on a level surface before you use the jack. Finally, if you are not comfortable using the jack then call a professional service to do it for you.

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