Jacking up or Jacking down…?

When you work on the car and remove a tyre, you do jack the car up. Well, really?

Some terrains are not that good for jacking up. And when you dont have a jack, things might get tricky…

In the past, I have helped a couple of guys on the side of the road by getting them to hold the car up while I was putting rocks under so that we could change a tyre when they had no jack.

But this time, things were a little different. No jack, sand terrain and a need to work on the leaf springs… rather than jack the car up, they jack the car down

You can be very creative in Africa… so, to jack down a car:

– place a plank to get a firm support
– pile up bricks or stones under the body
– dig the sand under the tyre

Now, the tyre is free and can be moved/removed – problem sorted!

(ok, easier to dig in the sand than on tar, but there are more gravel/dirt/sand roads than tar roads here and making a plan a second nature around….)


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