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Old 10-29-2010, 12:11 PM
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So I got a flat last night in my '10 Tundra TRD Double cab and quickly realized that I wasn't given the equipment to change a front tire. If you use the jack point under the drivers seat that is stated by the manual then the flat tire comes off the ground and comes off just fine. The spare tire will not go on because the suspension has sagged and you can't get the holes to line up low enough.

Then I try jacking it from the A-arm and I can't get the jack to get under any part of the front suspension as it is too low when the car is sitting on the rim. I got this done without much further problem because I was with a friend who had his car there so we used his jack. What was I supposed to do if I was 40 miles from a paved road (like I will be all weekend)?

Anyone else have a tundra and had this problem?
Old 10-29-2010, 12:18 PM
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Brand new truck getting flat tires. That's a bummer.
Old 10-29-2010, 12:21 PM
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Always carry spare wood blocks such as 2x4's to put under the jack. Also I bought a small 1/2 ton piston jack just in case. They are inexpensive and good to have around.
You never know what type of ground you may be on...mud...grass...bumpy or what ever. It's always good to have something to place under the jack for stability.
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I don't even waste my time messing with the little tinker toy jack/lugwrench wannabe tools that come with our vehicles. Our family rig is mostly just running my wife to work and running errands and stuff around town.....if she has a problem help is always close by.
I put together my own box of junk that always rides in the back of my truck, and when we go on a road trip, camping, boating etc. in the family rig my box of junk gets transferred to it.
It is just a big plastic lockable box that I have an assortment of junk piled in. That includes a small floor jack, an actual 4-way lug wrench, assorted wood blocks, a complete 1/2 inch drive socket set, a complete set of open/box end wrenches, a few pairs of pliers, a couple of hammers, a shovel, an axe, a couple of tow straps, a crapload of tie-downs and bungee cords, a high-lift jack, a basic electrical repair kit, duct tape, and some other random repair junk and tools.

It is heavy and it is probably overkill. But nothing makes me madder than having a problem somewhere and not being able to fix/rig it well enough to get home.

I'd never waste my time monkying with the junk tools the manufacturers expect you to do the job with.
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Home Depot straight to their scrap plywood that they have cut for someone else....get someone who works there to discount it. Take it home cut it into 12" x 12" squares make it at least 3" thick.... Lastly a trusted name bottle jack that is rated a good bit more than what you need.....still stores in a small place, behind a rear seat...your out 40 bucks and now have peace of mind for both truck and trailer....
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Same thing last night for me. My wife got a flat, called roadside assist to put her donut on. I got home, plugged the nail hole, grabbed the factory jack from her car, jack it up...and the !@#$%^ jack tilts over. Didn't even give it a second chance, grabbed my floor jack and was done in 10 minutes.

It occurred to me how dangerous they can be if you are on the side of the road.
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I never use the crappy jacks that
came with the cars. I've always had floor jacks,
why screw around?!
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Originally Posted by Jay A View Post
Always carry spare wood blocks such as 2x4's to put under the jack. Also I bought a small 1/2 ton piston jack just in case. They are inexpensive and good to have around.
You never know what type of ground you may be on...mud...grass...bumpy or what ever. It's always good to have something to place under the jack for stability.


That and calling AAA works for me.
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Damn..sorry to hear. The bottle jack in my '04 Tundra has doubled to jack up my dual axle Shorelandr to change a flat. I keep about four short 2x4's in the seat storage and it gets everything off the ground just fine.
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I guess I will have to start carrying my floor jack around with me. It's still a load of BS though. 35K and I can't even change a tire. Then to find out today I blew the sidewall out, $240 to get a new one put on (highway robbery). Good thing I have friends in the business. Getting it done for $125 for a tire with 1200 miles on it. (mine have 5000)
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who changes flat tires I green slime my flats way easier than changing the stuff is amazing (only time i change the tire if its the side wall that blew)
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I have a Tacoma double cab and that little jack works fine. My truck has a jacking point that is on the transmission cross brace, not the frame or floor pan.

My GF's 4Runner has the same jack and we were able to repair her brakes with it on a fishing trip. Of course I used the wheel/tire itself under the frame just in case.

I also carry a can of Tire in a Can. Sometimes you can't get a jack on solid ground. I'm a firm believer in it as I used it many times while off roading.
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You guys should be mindful of some of those products that fix flats in a can. Although they work they should NOT be left in there as a proper fix. They should ALWAYS be concidered as a temporary fix. Some of these products eat away at the inside of the tire, some are actually able to destroy alloy rims if left in for extended time and then some will weld the tire to the wheel to where there is NO EVER getting the two apart.


So you guys that say you use a floor jack to change a flat. Does that actually mean you guys carry around a small floor jack and chunks of lumber just in case maybe someday you might have a flat tire?
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
You guys should be mindful of some of those products that fix flats in a can. Although they work they should NOT be left in there as a proper fix. They should ALWAYS be concidered as a temporary fix.
You are correct, sir! It's just enough to get to a tire store or home. Some tire stores actually will not work on the tire if you tell them you used a sealant in the tire.
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So you guys that say you use a floor jack to change a flat. Does that actually mean you guys carry around a small floor jack and chunks of lumber just in case maybe someday you might have a flat tire?
Sure, it is a 100% must when towing, why try and take it in and out of the truck depending of I am towing? It weighs a ton I keep in in the bed and a little cheapo bike lock around it and a tie down point in the bed to keep it from sliding around.
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Even in my Corolla I keep a small hydraulic jack. nothing beets it for up and down ease and if on unlevel ground it won't fall off. For $25.00 you can't go wrong.
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In each of my vehicles, I carry the factory jack, a bottle jack, a 4 way lug wrench, a 12 volt compressor, etc. Depending on mood, weather and location, my best tool may be my AAA card. Jacking a vehicle up on the side of the road is a good way to get injured or killed.

My box truck is a 2002 and I bought it new. I had it less than a year when after a long day on a job, I was putting away my tools when I realized I had a flat. This is when I found out that when Supreme Bodyworks installed the box, the didn't provide a place for a spare. No jack, no spare and too tired to deal with it. Got a ride home and the next day I had to buy a tire, rim and 10 ton jack.
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I carry the larger cans of fix-a-flat. Unless you have a big hole, this gets you going right away. Being stuck by the side of the road with traffic whizzing by isn't my idea ofa pleasant rainy evening.

Sometimes this will be all you need to do but sometimes the repair material unbalances the tire. That's why the label says to get the tire properly repaired ASAP.
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Thats the great thing about green slime it has no propane in it you have to take the tire needle out squeeze it in then oput the needle back and use a compressor to blow the tire up it also wont weld the tire to the rim
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Originally Posted by strikerthree View Post
who changes flat tires I green slime my flats way easier than changing the stuff is amazing (only time i change the tire if its the side wall that blew)
And if your tire sensor fails your screwed, the dealer will void any warranty it they find anything but air in the flat. I must admit I keep a bottle of it in the truck for pure emergencies

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