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The right front tire is flat and can't be inflated. Where do I position the scissors jack to life the car up enough to get the weight off the tire so i can inflate it?

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Put the jack right under your passenger side door

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What causes front tire wear on inside & outside edges


Under inflation. When the tire doesn't have enough air pressure, the center tends to be pushed up from the road. Thus causing outer wear on both sides. alignment problems cause wear on one side or the other. Over inflation causes the center of the tire to wear .

Aug 31, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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Removing a flat tire on the road safe and easy


Greetings folks,
I have many years experience in the automotive industry and have just about been through every type of situation there is to have experienced.
One simple thing that strikes me as strange is the fact that it is very hard to find proper training for vehicle owners and drivers on the facts about how to change a flat tire, or how to be prepared for a flat tire without even taking the tire off your car or SUV.
How about the trouble you may have had in the past, you knowing exactly how to change a flat but couldn't get the lug nuts off the wheel studs due to someone once before inspecting the brakes or replacing the tires and using an impact gun to install the lug nuts and over tightening them.
Has anyone ever illustrated to you folks the do'e and dont's of using a jack to raise your vehicle off the ground to gain access for removal of a wheel?
Ok lets start with the needed required tools one should carry in their car to prepare for such an event, first lets have a small first aid safety kit for any cuts and bruises including bandades and infection preventing creams and liquids(Iodine, hydrogen peroxide, etc.), next we need to be sure we have a good spare tire in the trunk, easy to check push the side to see if it is hard to the touch indicating it has proper air inflation, also check for a good working tire jack the typical scissor jack and crank handle, which comes with the vehicle make sure it is good, but I prefer to purchase a $29.99 miniature sized professional looking hydraulic floor jack, they fit under the car excellently and work tremendously easy and safe, they can be purchased in Sears Auto or any Auto Parts Store, also a pair of jack stands, two small wedges of wood shaped like large door stops(we will refer to them as the wedges), they can be bought or easily trimmed by a wood worker, from a 4"x4" wood post 6" long and cut on a 45 degree angle on one side, a 1/2" drive breaker bar(heavy duty from Sears Auto Tools Dept) or the like, if not a set of 1/2" impact sockets then at least two common tire wheel lug sizes which are 3/4" and 13/16", these type sockets are made tough and can take a work out, a 48 oz. short handled heavy duty hammer, very important at least two cans of fix a flatNow that you have been introduced to an arrangement of neccessary tools and safety equipment to take along with you on a typical road trip in hopes to keep you and your vehicle from paying dissasterous road service fees and tremendous time lose on the road due to a flat tire, lets get started;Ok now if you experience a flat and notice (once you pull safely all the way over off to the shoulder of the road with your hazard flashers on) that the tire is losing air but doesn't really look in real bad shape, such as a condition tire folks call"run flat" which means the tire has been driving and supporting the vehicles weight with no air in it for a sustained distance, and the tire very noticably has damage all over its sides, etc., this is a typical flat tire that needs to come off, however if the tire appears rather good except for the fact it has or is losing air, get your fix a flat and safety googles out of the trunk with your light duty gloves, find the little black or chrome tire air valve located on the tire near the metal wheels edge, unscrew the little cap, read the directions on the fix a flat can, and install the contents according to the directions.In all cases of this being used they require you to put the screw cap back on the valve and cautiously take your car back onto the road, stay in the right lane with your warniog hazard flashers on and allow the foamy liquid to perform its chemical majic as you drive at the recommended speed on the directions.This should fix your flat without any fuss or muss, have the tire looked at at your next convience to be sure it is ok to drive on it any further.That was relatively easy and thank godness for Fix A Flat, the next type of flat tire however requires a bit more thought and work.I am going to cover first the proper way to jack up your vehicle in the event the tire has to come off for the spare to be installed.

First, spull to safety, put your hazard flashers on whether its day or night, look for an area that the ground looks pretty level.

Secondly, open your trunk and leave it open, remove your spare tire and all the neccessary tools you will need to change the tire.

Third, using your breaker bar and the proper impact socket attempt to loosen(but dont remove) the tire nuts on the flat tire, if a tire lug wont come loose, getb the 48 oz. hammer and the impact socket that fits the wheel lug and hit it with a sharp firm blow, be certain you have on the eye protection as hitting steel against steel can cause some steel fragments to fly you don't want your eye to be the reciever of such, after you hit it the nut should turn loose, remeber you are only turning them about 1/2 turn loose you don't remove them until the tire is jacked up and off the ground(doing this helps prevent the car from falling off the jack had you jacked it first then applied all sorts of tugging etc on the tight lug nuts).

Fourth, place the wedges in front of and behind one of the tires on the opposite side of the car, this will eliminate the possibility of the car sliding forward or backwards off the jack once it is jacked up.
Find a secure flat firm welded frame area to place the floor jack under, or if using the original scissor jack be sure you are also using it in a firm jacking location(most scissor jacks have a notch put in the under side of the vehicle that allows the jack to fit into the channel securely) once found and level jack the car's tire off the ground, install the jack stands under the vehicle in a firm body frame sort of area to prevent the car from falling off the jack you can never be too safe.

Fifth, install the spare tire on the vehicle and while it is on the jack, start threading the wheel lug nuts onto the appropriate wheel studs, use your wrench and socket to get the nuts down only slightly tight.

Sixth, remove the jack stand or stands depending on how secure you felt about using one or two, lower the jack, once the tire is firmly touching the ground, continue to tighten the remaining wheel lug nuts one at a time until they feel good and firmly tight.

Seventh, remove the wedges from the wedged tire on the other side of the vehicle, remove the jack, put everything back into the trunk including the flat tire. Happy Motoring!!!

on Jun 08, 2010 | Chevrolet Camaro Cars & Trucks

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What could be the problem: 2004 Camry 4Cyl , 86K miles, shimmeys at all speeds. Tires correctly inflated and balanced. What could be the problem?


I'd get this fixed pretty soon. It could be

- loose wheel bolts (although you would have noticed)
- loose hub nut
- failed ball joint or tie rod end
- worn front suspension bushings
- loose strut mount bolts
- worn steering rack ball joints
- loose steering box mounts
- loose steering shaft universal joint.

There is a crude test. Jack up the front of the car and rest it on axle stands or similar, NOT on a scissor jack. Have an assistant hold the steering wheel firmly, and another to grasp each fore and aft side of a tire and waggle it vigorously back and forth. With a strong torch see if you can spot any excess movement in the suspension. Placing a couple of fingers on these spots will help to feel.

Repeat this grasping the top and bottom of the tire. There should be very little slack movement in either case.

Aug 18, 2014 | Toyota Camry Cars & Trucks

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I have a 1999 Lincoln town car limousine. Sometimes the rear air suspension will drop down after being parked for awhile. But, sometimes it doesn't. While driving with no one in the car the suspension...


Yes, There are leveling sensors under the car. You really have 2 separate problems though.

There is a Master venting valve usually under the drivers front fender. It bleeds the air out of the system. It is suppose to bleed out enough to level the car and not allow the rear end to dip.

The doorjam switches and the trunklid switch are part of the system. If these switches send an "open" signal, the rear bags will not inflate. Conversely the switches must work to tell the car to lower when a door or trunklid is open.

Because of the stretch of the car or LIFTING THE CAR without deactivating the sensor switch in the trunk, the leveling sensor can be unseated or damaged. It is normal for the suspension to raise to compensate for added passenger weight. It will not raise until the doors are closed as well as the trunklid.

It sounds like the master venting solenoid may be bad and working intermittently before failing altogether. You can soap water test the bags and the lines for leaks.

Remember to watch your tire rating. Load classes go by Alphabet letters with a "D" having more capacity than a "C" and an "E" having more capacity than a "D". Tire inflation is directly related to carrying capacity. It is stated on the sidewall of your tires. What I am trying clumsily to say is that you can not let your rear tires bulge out with heavy passengers and then try to let the Air-Ride jack up the car to compensate.

I use an SUV style tire on my lighter car. Your Lincoln is heavy to begin with, but with added passengers or a "stretch" the weight goes beyond the stock tires' capability to handle the load.

I hope my solution is helpful.

Jul 27, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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Stering goes it oposit of my turn


You need to raise the front tires of the ground and check for loose front end parts. Grab the tires at the 3 and 6 o'clock position and push/pull. If you feel any play you have worn outer tie rods, inner tie rodes, ball joints or wheel bearings ( if there really bad). If you don't feel anything loose check your tire pressure. The tires should be inflated to around 30-35 psi.

Jan 15, 2012 | 2007 Chevrolet Equinox LS New Cars

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Hi - This is really a dumb question, but my daughter's suzuki is in the southern states and I am on the west coast. Please tell me where the car jack should go to change both the front and rear tires?


it goes next to the tire but not to close find a strong flat part which is metel under the car next to to the tire and place the jack there pump it up and if the jack is slipping and looks like it will not hold try a different spot but again not far from the tire ur changing u want to left the weight off that tire. before u jack the car up take the lug nuts off the tire so it does not turn while its in the air hand screw the nut on the new tire tighten them up then drop the car off the jack and tighten them up even tighter repeat step for other side. the nuts might be tight to get off so use a lot of muscle to get them loose.

May 16, 2011 | 2002 Suzuki Aerio

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Where do i place the jack to change a rear tire


Hello, When you look at the panel under the Rear and Front Doors you will see a Triangle mark under each door. The rear triangle is under the rear door and the front triangle is under the front door.

There is a body seam about 4 inches inward from the triangle mark and there is a notch in the body seam for the jack. You place the jack under the body seam where the notch is and catch the seam with the groove in the jack seat. Then it is in proper position to jack up your car.

Remember to break the tension off of the lugnuts before you lift the car. Lift the car and proceed to undo the lugnuts with a minimum of shaking on your car. With a flat, jack the car higher than the rim on the ground so the inflated tire will fit back on the vehicle.

Mar 06, 2011 | 1998 Ford Crown Victoria

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I just got the truck and it has a few problems that I need to fix sp here that are When I drive down the road it pulls to the left tires are ok front end alinment ok also no wipers


SOME THINGS i WOULD CHECK...
1st. check tire inflation. make sure they all are the same. under inflated tire can cause a pull.
2nd. jack up front end, placing hands on the tires in the 3oclock and 9 oclock positions see if you can wiggle the tire in and out. If there is any play, you will feel it right away. This is classic tie rod end wear and is the cause of your pull. if you replace it yourself, you will need an alignment after.
good luck

Oct 29, 2010 | 1996 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup

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