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.
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.
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. Dont 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.
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 Wallaces
main field of interest and his passion is to transfer
these old forgotten skills to young hunters.