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jacking up Electric Vehicles to repair a tyre

Discussion in 'off topic' started by hifinutt, Jul 26, 2021.

  1. gingermrkettle

    gingermrkettle Deep vein trombonist

    Even if you could jack them, I doubt you could really get most modern car tyres off with hand tools given the torque levels involved.
  2. Guinnless

    Guinnless pfm Member

    You just undo the wheel nuts, surely?
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  3. Colin L

    Colin L High-tech low-life

    Had a puncture in a rear a month ago. Tried using the goop to get home. Hopeless, it pissed out all over the road. Thankfully the tyre was close to the wear bars so I decided to get both rears changed and got the local mobile tyre people to come and put two new tyres on. They said they see it all the time and the goop never works.
  4. hc25036

    hc25036 pfm Member

    Taken a punt on a Polestar 2. In most countries it seems they don’t provide a jack for just that reason even though there is a space for one in the frunk…
    gintonic likes this.
  5. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    Nice, one of the few I like.
  6. MUTTY1

    MUTTY1 Waste of bandwidth

    If you can afford an electric car you afford a sub to the AA. Let them sort it.
  7. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Booyakashah, check out my avatar...

    You're not. The cars now come equipped with either

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  8. mansr

    mansr Objectionist

    1. Place tyre iron on lowermost bolt, shaft touching ground.
    2. Drive a few inches in appropriate direction.
    3. Repeat.
  9. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr Well, I can dream, can’t I?

    You forgot 1a: hope flats on the nuts, and length of the torque bar, are conveniently arranged to make this viable.
  10. suzywong

    suzywong Wot, no electrons?

    Audi Manuals: How to change a lightbulb. Take it to your nearest qualified workshop..........
  11. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Booyakashah, check out my avatar...

    You jest, but I had a 2006 A6 saloon with halogen bulb headlamps. One blew. Halfords refused to fit, referring me to Audi for the work.

    Called Audi. "You're in luck!" They said. "We're having a special offer at the moment. Bulb fitting for £200. Half price."

    Apparently, to replace the bulb (value £5), you needed to remover the front of the car. The A6 was designed around having Xenons, ie no need to replace so often, so why bother having easy access?

    My local indy did it for £20 and even then they had to remove a load of stuff and get someone with very slender hands to bust a knuckle to fit it.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2021
  12. suzywong

    suzywong Wot, no electrons?

    Ah, but if you have a 2003 A6 with Halogens then it's just have to remove most of the plastic engine covers, the air intakes etc, and have double jointed wrists and elbows.

    Even replaced a Xenon on the TT.

    Changing a bulb in one of the "old style" TT rear light clusters is entertaining. The easy bit is unscrewing the retaining thumb-screws. You will then find that the whole cluster is gunked in place by "road dirt", which requires a hefty thump from the inside to dislodge it - easy, except that you are at an awkward angle in the boot and when you give it said thump, the whole caboodle flies out and crashes onto the garage's concrete floor. That'll be £160, Sir. And that was a few years ago. Moral of the story - obtain the service of an England wicket-keeper to catch the damn thing!!! And one final tip- if you wear your Apple Watch on the "thumping hand", take the bl00dy thing off because you will trigger the "Have you had a fall?" alarm!

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  13. cutting42

    cutting42 Arrived at B4 Hacker Erg \o/

    Not heard about this before. No issues with jacking up my Tesla but they recommend an adapter (centering device) to protect the battery.

  14. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    Interesting thread, we don't have mobile tyre service for cars in Malaysia and I have had punctures a LONG way from the nearest tyre shops.
    If the car body is not strong enough to support the battery, what happens if a wheel goes into a drain after a grille collapses, which has happened to me a couple of times
  15. mykel

    mykel Fat guy flying.

    That was what I was thinking. Not fit for purpose. Any lane, unimproved seasonal, gravel or dirt road with uneven terrain will cause the vehicle structure to twist, add a couple of potholes and ?? Are you to be restricted to even unbroken pavement only?
  16. fegs

    fegs pfm Member

    at aged 54 I suspect any foray by me into electric vehicle ownership would relatively short lived
    This however is something else that's putting me off EV ownership
    being honest there's not a lot attracting me to it at present
  17. Monitor Gold 10

    Monitor Gold 10 pfm Member

    Interesting thread! All cars are easily damaged by incorrect lifting. Seen loads with damage to the underside.

    It would be interesting to see the relevant sections from the Owners Handbook.
  18. NeilR

    NeilR pfm Member

    Our car is everything you hate in a single package!

    Electric, no jack and 22" wheels with 40 profile.

  19. MJS

    MJS Technical Tinkerer

    My 2005 A4 Cab technically had to go to the dealer for a bulb change. The cluster has to be removed so you can gain access to the bulb clip. Both the dealer and Halfords also managed to lose the spring loaded bulb clip that keeps it centered in the housing, unnoticeable until you've long gone and wonder why one of the headlights is pointing in the wrong direction after a while. The dealer picked up the £300 cluster replacement the first time and the second time I ended up using a bit of bent wire to replace it. After that I ended up carrying a torx screwdriver hastily bought on the M40 services and doing it myself.
  20. davidsrsb

    davidsrsb pfm Member

    Can you even lift one of the wheels? Many modern car wheels are getting beyond the average persons weightlifting abilities

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