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Rotate Tires without a Jack (using air suspension)

Discussion in 'Technical' started by gavine, Sep 7, 2017.

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  1. gavine

    gavine Petrol Head turned EV Enthusiast

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    Can this be done on a Tesla with air suspension?

     
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    Huh... Just might have to try that.
     
  3. gavine

    gavine Petrol Head turned EV Enthusiast

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    The self-leveling might be an issue. Jack mode helps, but can you lower the car when in jack mode?
     
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    I wouldn't put it in jack mode. Just do it like the video. The sensors might complain a bit.

    But I'm sure someone will be along shortly to tell us why it can't be done.
     
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    Not sure what happened at 2:35... wheels came up? Pretty sure that won't work on a S... I get that the sway bar does that when the other side moves down... but you'd have to be able to change suspension height while being in jack mode.. and I'm pretty sure jack mode sticks you at one height (only tested at very high)

    Pro tip : get a jack with a good range and you lift one side of the vehicle off the ground from the front lift point : body is stiff enough so when you raise the front high enough, the rear wheel will come off the ground ;)
     
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    gavine Petrol Head turned EV Enthusiast

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    He lowered the suspension so the body then rested on the blocks and the air springs compressed, thus raising the wheels.
     
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    I think I would rather have this than using the air suspension.



    But then again. How often would I use this? answer = hardly ever.
     
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    I also wonder if you set on high, put jack stands on the jack points and let the air out of the tires if the tires can then be removed. Seems like it would work (maybe not with low-profile tires though) Of course, you would need a compressor to re-fill the tires, but that's probably easier than jacking-up the car. I might have to try this.
     
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    Jack stands certainly needed. Just 2 or should you use 4? I'd think only on air suspension would work. Low profile tires are awfully stiff even without air.
     
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    Are actually suggesting removing tires from the rim on the car and rotating tires without moving rims?
    If so you need a lot of mentoring before you can be trusted with washer fluid much less actual mechanical work.
    Low profile or not modern car tires are a tight fit requiring at minimum several levers and realistically a dedicated machine to mount on a rim, then need balancing.
    I have mounted softer taller sidewall tires with levers at home, scratches rim and isn't happening with a stiff performance tire even off the car.
     
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    I think he meant if you flatten the tires, the wheels will have enough clearance to remove and rotate.
     
  12. gavine

    gavine Petrol Head turned EV Enthusiast

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    Correct. That's what I meant.
     

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