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First time in 40 odd years of DIY-ing with cars, and I know full well never just to rely on a jack when working on a car. I had shoved the front wheel under the car body as I usually do, went to get an axle stand, and the jack conspired to collapse/topple over. The jack was on uneven ground and to add to that, quite literally a wheel had come off the trolley jack.

We all know it, I know it, but its all too easy to be caught out.

Shoving the road wheel under the car body, at least meant that I could get another jack under and get it on the axle stand, but it could well have been a life-saver should I have been foolish enough to rely on that jack alone to do the job.

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.and the job?.....in pictures

Front hub, inc bearing and ABS Sensor
Front hub, inc bearing and ABS Sensor
ABS sensor looks OK, but you get a new one with the replacement bearing/hub. Loads of white crusty galvanic corrosion though probably causing the ABS light to come on.

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Wise and effective.

When I was very young .... the person who taught me to drive showed how to put the spare under the sill, jack the car, put removed wheel under sill then fit the spare. Also the bit about slackening the wheel nuts before you lift it and final tightening once its back on the ground. I am astonished that very few people do it that way any more - should be on the national curriculum for primary schools.

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Never liked wheels under sills, too worried about damage to the sill!

I always remove all but 2 nuts before jacking up AND lower it as soon as 2 nuts are finger tight - to minimise time car is up in the air, sans wheel.

No need, now, to teach this sort of stuff at school - nobody ever changes a wheel any more, assuming, of course, they even have a spare!

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van ordinaire wrote:
06 Nov 2018, 21:03
No need, now, to teach this sort of stuff at school - nobody ever changes a wheel any more, assuming, of course, they even have a spare!


Shocked that cars no longer seem to carry a spare wheel as a standard fitment these days...

It is a sad situation that youngsters today are often quite incapable of doing the simplest of repairs... Not taught as considered not necessary in today's disposable 'single use' climate...

My girls are the exception - I suppose growing up and seeing me fixing and extending the life of all sorts of things helped their attitudes...

One big exception - every cyclist knows how to fix punctures :)

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CitroJim wrote:
07 Nov 2018, 07:23
van ordinaire wrote:
06 Nov 2018, 21:03
No need, now, to teach this sort of stuff at school - nobody ever changes a wheel any more, assuming, of course, they even have a spare!


Shocked that cars no longer seem to carry a spare wheel as a standard fitment these days...

It is a sad situation that youngsters today are often quite incapable of doing the simplest of repairs... Not taught as considered not necessary in today's disposable 'single use' climate...

My girls are the exception - I suppose growing up and seeing me fixing and extending the life of all sorts of things helped their attitudes...

One big exception - every cyclist knows how to fix punctures :)



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My son has expressed regret that, having been brought up to keep everything (or, at least, anything that might come in handy) he doesn't have the requisite skills to put much of it to any use.

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:lol: The Big Bang Theory is always god for a giggle and not far off the truth either....