How do you lift a car without a jack?

We’re expecting snow next week. I want to put my snow tires on my car, but don’t have a jack. Can you lift a car without a jack?

Using snow tires in the winter is a good idea! While a jack is the best way to change your tires, you’re not out of luck! The two easiest options are more natural solutions. You can either leverage a natural slope to lift the car or dig out some dirt beneath the wheel to create natural height differences.
Something else you can do is strategically park your car on a curb. If done correctly, this one is probably the easiest. That said, it can cause damage if done improperly.
Lastly, you can place things like wood or bricks in the place of the jack. This one has some obvious risks to it but is effective.
If you decide to move forward with any of these solutions, have a friend or family member with you to help.
Should it not work or you’re overwhelmed by the options, visit a mechanic. All shops have jacks and can easily lift and switch out your tires. Since you already have snow tires, the cost to change them out may be reasonable as well!
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Will Baldwin
Answered on Nov 15, 2021

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