How to Change a Tire Without a Jack

The jack can get used to applying high force and lifting a heavy object. It is a heavy-duty mechanical object used. Jacks have become much more trustworthy since users may be ignoring the safety measures. Here are some methods to change the car tire without the jack, where you can choose the one which fits you. There are numerous techniques to reach your goal. 

Ramp Method

The ramp approach is faster than using four jack stands to repair the entire car. Most ramps are made of plastic. Some ramps are steel. The weight capacity of the ramp varies. It can be anywhere from 6,000 to 16,000 pounds. The best part is that it is easy to make from a piece of wood. Wood ramps are more durable than plastic ramps and cost less. Materials needed:

  • 2 in. x 10 in. x 12 ft. piece of lumber (Per ramp, you need a 12 ft. piece).
  • Staple guns with staples
  • 2.5-inch interior or exterior wood screws
  • 20 in. x 12 ft. duck of shelf liner

Step 1

First, cut the 12-foot lumber into 42-inch, 36-inch, 30-inch, 25-inch, and 11-inch pieces. Cut the lumber to the size you want and secure the cut. These specifications are likely to fit 35-inch tires. Adapt the profile to the needs of your car.

Step 2 

To have a smoother transition between the steps, include filing the edges for about 45 degrees, although the tires will climb the stairs. 

Step 3

Drill pilot holes for the screws to minimize cracking of the board. Fasten the first and second layers with wood screws. Balance nail placement on the third and fourth layers of the board for better adhesion.

Step 4

Design a stopper by attaching the piece of wood at the end of the ramp vertically. Fix accordingly such that the tire can lodge on the ram firmly and perfectly. 

Step 5

Trim the shelf sheathing with heavy-duty staples. Reassemble the light base. Cut a 20-inch ramp at the precise center to fit snugly into the bottom of the ramp.

The smooth texture of the rubber prevents slipping and makes driving on them easy. Set the ramps at the same distance from the wheels. Check the wheel clocks as a precaution. Place them against the tires.

Digging Method

If you get stuck in the rampless area, there is no ramp for changing the flat car tire. The digging method can get used to change.

Things required to use this method are,

  • A blocking material
  • Tire iron
  • The spare tire
  • A digging device
  • Two large rocks


Step 1

Gently drive the car to the open soil area and put the emergency park brake after parking. Slide a piece of concrete or a stump beneath the axle very close to the tire that gets changed. Pile up the blocking stuff till it reaches the axle.

Step 2

Now, dig the sod under the tire either using the rod, stick, digging tool, or hand. Dig the area until the axle gets a rest on the blocking stuff. Around the tire, kindly take out the soil, which means it floats without any support. The hole should be lengthy and big enough that you can remove the flat tire without any fear.

Step 3

Remove all the screws from the tire, which should get out from the car. Take out the rim off and tire from the hole. Fix the spare tire until they dig out through the holes. Tighten all the screws using the tire iron by following the same procedure.

Some Tips

  • Ensure to take the ley lug if you have a locked one.
  • Keep an eye on the spare tire’s sufficient air pressure (PSI).
  • Try to carry a cross wrench rather than the single-handled one.
  • Make the cross wrench in such a way that you are pressing down with gravity while tightening and loosening the nuts. It helps to avoid injury to your back, and even it makes you use your body weight rather than the arm. For the best leverage, do the process by pressing the wrench at the end. You can even use your foot to keep yourself balancing against the car.
  • Practice yourself about changing the tire before the situation comes on the road for the first time at night or while raining. 
  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions to prevent some common problems.
  • Replace the spare tires as soon as possible with the new ones since they are temporary ones. Try not to use it as a permanent tire since the tires may not be identical, and the rotation may vary.
  • Ensure that the tapered side of the nuts goes into the wheel as it centers the wheel and locks the nuts.
  • If you are changing the tire regularly, keep the hydraulic jack, a cross wrench, and a torque wrench. It helps to do them faster and easier.

Warnings While Changing

  • While you are on the busy road, ensure to keep the signals around the car to avoid accidents.
  • If there is only jack support, do not work under a car place a ramp under the tire for more balance.
  • Place any rock or a log before changing the tire. After the wheel gets removed, it prevents the vehicle from dropping if the jack shifts or dislodges.
  •  Since the car is highly dense, it may be at risk, so do not use weightless objects.
  • Kindly note that most spare tires cannot hold a speed of more than 80 kilometers per hour or travel long distances. If you go beyond this speed limit, it may cause serious problems or failure of the spare tire.
  • Ensure to drive slow and find the shop to get repaired or replacement of a new tire very soon to have a pleasant and safe journey

Hi, I'm the initiator and writer of this blog. Cars were and will be my first love, and my favorite hobby, that's why I decided to start this blog and write about my discoveries and techniques to improve my cars or repair them.