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You may be stranded with a wheel that needs to be changed, but then you find out that the jack is not working or it is home in your shed. Well, if there is no jack available you will have to make use of brainpower.

Here are two ideas will work.

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    Pack hard rocks or pieces of tree trunks firmly under the axle of the vehicle, where the wheel must be changed. This now is your support. After you have loosened the wheel-nuts slightly, then you dig a hole underneath the flat tyre so that you can remove it easily. Make the hole deep enough to allow the inflated tyre to be put on. Then pack or shift rocks, wood or gravel in under the wheel and then carefully dig out the ground under the support in order to remove the pile of rocks or tree trunks and the vehicle is standing on that wheel. Just remember to screw the wheel-nuts tight.

  2. Get a sturdy wooden pole, about human height and as thick as an upper leg, with a fork on the one side. Place the pole with its fork at the bumper and the other point in the ground, in line with the moving direction of the vehicle. With a strong rope tie the pole to the bumper but not too tight, then move the vehicle slowly so that the wooden pole gets stuck and be pulled upright. Don’t pull past perpendicular. Shift firm rocks or pieces of wood under the chassis of the vehicle, as safety precautions, while you do the necessary repair work. Follow the opposite procedure to let the vehicle down.

Bear in mind, only vehicles with a strong bumper that is fixed firmly on the chassis, can be lifted up like that e.g. the old Land Rover or Cruiser.

Dr Wallace Vosloo is an Engineer and Scientist by profession. His family has lived in Africa since 1696 and he has a deep love for the continent. He is a practical outdoorsman and loves traditional hunting, axe and knife throwing, longbow shooting, black powder rifle- and cannon shooting, salt and fresh water fly fishing and tracking. The art of survival is Wallace’s main field of interest and his passion is to transfer these old forgotten skills to young hunters.

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