Flat Tire or Bad Wheel (Not Repairable)

A flat tire or bad wheel that you cannot repair should not stop your four-wheel drive (4 x 4) vehicle. Use a skid on the rear wheels only. If necessary, change wheels from one hub to another. Use a skid in the following manner:

  • Obtain a pole 4 inches in diameter and 6 to 8 feet long.
  • Place one end of the pole above the cross member near the transmission and the other end on the ground.
  • Pass the pole under the spring U-bolts, align it with the spring and lash it securely to the spring.
  • Move the vehicle, using front-wheel drive. Starting will be difficult, but once moving, the vehicle will ride and handle surprisingly well.

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