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Transferring load to jack stands

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I'll be doing the tire change over myself this year, just by myself a floor jack and I have a pair of jack stands. My owner's manual says that there are four jack points next to each tire. My question is how do I transfer the weight onto the jack stands. There's only one designated jacking Point next to each wheel, not to. Also, can my Jack be sufficient for doing a tire change? I'm not getting under the car.
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Hmm.. Well, you can always do one at a time (i.e. jack on tire, do one tire, move onto the next 1, 2, 3, and 4). Likely your safest bet. As far as jacking goes.. What kind of car do you have? Each car has different jacking points. How many jack stands do you have. 2 or 4? It might also be possible to do the two fronts and then the two backs at the same time.
As long as you do not go under the car, using only the jack will be fine.

Crack the lugs loose before you lift the car.
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Without getting down on the ground and at least looking under the car, being able to identify a place for the jack stand that's solid enough to support the weight, and being willing to reach under to place them, you're probably not going to be able to use the jack stands.

If that isn't going to work, and you need to have 2 wheels off at once, I suggest you find a nearby junkyard and pick up an extra jack of the same type.

If you have a spare, you can always put it on temporarily with a couple of lug nuts.
I would look under the car and find another place, perhaps under a pinch weld, that will do. Jack it up on the designated place and put the jack stand under the other place you identified but with only a little weight, most of the weight stays on the jack. In case of a jack failure, the jack stand might do slight damage but at least you won’t have a car on your foot.
in my past life i've tried changing 4 at once like the race tracks do but i just wasn't fast enough so i determined i'd just settle for 1 at a time.:biggrin2:OH BTW, if you loosen more than the nuts on one wheel then get called to duty don't forget to re- toque the one (s) you haven't gotten completed.
Tire rotations can be a bit more involved as you could end up jacking opposite corners, although there are ways around that too, like involving the spare, and it's never a bad idea to go through the process of getting it out and making sure it's in good shape anyway, but that doesn't sound like what you're doing. It sounds like you will be swapping one wheel at a time, and for that I honestly would not involve stands. The time that it will take you to get a stand properly set, lower the vehicle to it, change the wheel, raise it back off the stand, and get the stand out, could easily triple or quadruple the time involved. And making sure the stand is positioned properly and is clear of the jack could very well cause you to be under the vehicle, which can otherwise be avoided. Make sure the vehicle is in park and/or the parking brake is set, and on a level surface, preferably concrete over asphalt because the wheels on the jack will press into asphalt. Lay the new wheels next to each corner, position the jack at the first corner, break the lug nuts free, just free, not too loose, raise that corner, remove the lug nuts, position your hands at 9:00 and 3:00 on the outside of the tire, and remove it. Move the new tire into place, grab it at 9:00 and 3:00, lift and set it in place, and install your lug nuts. Visualize this and you'll see that it can be done without you ever being under the vehicle and without your hands in any possible pinch points. Absolute worst case scenario is that the jack fails completely and that corner of the car comes crashing down. Possibly the top of the wheel opening in the fender would hit your arms and push them down, but it's only going so far and the worst you might get is a bruise. Now yes, I've seen guys sitting there cross legged or whatever and if that lower control arm came down on their legs or feet it's really going to mess up the day, so just don't put yourself in that kind of position.
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"jacking point/position(s)" are not the same thing as jack-stand locations.
First think SAFETY. You do not want a ton of sheet metal un-supported above where you're trying to work.
Yes you can use the jacking points with the manufacturer's supplied jack to change one tire with the spare. That's why they are there.
Supporting the vehicle off the ground at all 4 corners at once is a different matter.
You really want to know how and safely?
First you need an unbroken concrete pad, 2' bigger than the vehicle in all dimensions (to give yourself working room) and yes this can be a garage floor. Next you'll need a floor jack, HF has some good deals, RATED at TWICE the vehicle's gross weight. And 4 jack stands, minimum of 1/3 the vehicle's gross weight. Invest as above and get back to this forum with your vehicle make and model and pictures and somebody's bound to be able to advise you. Hint: whatever you do, DO NOT try to jack up a vehicle with a jack on sheet metal alone. 'Nuff said?
Depends on what the OP meant by "tire change over". If it's a seasonal change over from winter to summer tires. with all eight tires on rims. I've always just done one tire at a time with the vehicle jack. No jack stand required, you're never under the vehicle. If doing a mileage rotation. I would involve the spare temporarily,and still just do one tire at a time with the vehicle jack.

Never support a vehicle with two stands on diagonal corners of a vehicle!!
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