Changing a car tyre can be a daunting to task but it is one that every driver should ought to know. Knowing how to change a flat tyre could not only save you money as you wouldn’t have to call out a breakdown company but it would also prevent you from being stranded for any long periods of time. Imagine, if you get a flat tyre and instead of waiting for hours for the recovery service you would be able to sort it yourself and be on your way in no time without ruining too much of your day.
What you need to change your tyre:
- A spare tyre – this may sound obvious but there is a percentage of drivers that either don’t carry a spare tyre in their car or they do but they are unsure whereabouts in their car it is located.
- A car jack – this is necessary to lift the car of the ground allowing you to switch tyres
- A tyre wench – this is the tool you will need to use to remove the nuts and bolts from the wheel
- A locking wheel nut – each wheel has one nut which requires this tool to remove it
The above 2 things are vital for any tyre change but other things you may want to consider having on you would be: a towel, gloves, reflective safety gear and a torch.
Here at Canterbury Motoring World we think that changing a tyre is actually easy than most think so we have put together a step by step guide to help you through it!
First things first, find the safest place to change your tyre. This should b
e as far away from any passing traffic as possible, so the side of
the road or the hard shoulder of a motorway should be avoided. Switch of the engine of your car and put on the hazard lights ensuring that the handbrake is securely in place and for extra safety the car is either in first gear or in “park/p” if it is an automatic vehicle. You should make sure that all passengers are out of the vehicle and grab all the necessary equipment you will need throughout before getting started (including the spare wheel itself).
Now you want to begin the removal of the flat tyre!
Loosen all the regular wheel nuts using your tyre wench and then use your locking wheel nut to loosen off the final bolt. Before you remove the nuts and bolts completely you want to lift the car from the ground by placing the car jack under your car at the recommended point. Raise the jack until the wheel is totally clear of the ground but be wary that the jack could collapse so don’t place anything underneath your vehicle. Remove all the loosened wheel nuts (TOP TIP: leave the top one until last so you can use both hands to lift and remove the damaged tyre).
So, that’s it you have the damaged tyre off! But wait, that is only half the task! Now you need to put your spare tyre on…
Line up the spare tyre using the wheel nut holes and push the spare tyre forcefully onto the wheel base. Replace all the nuts back into their place and use your hand to tighten them as much as you can. Lower the car jack back down to ground level and finish of securing the wheel nuts in place using the wench. Ensure you don’t leave anything on the ground and that you have disposed of the damaged tyre appropriately.
You have done it! You can now carry on your day as planned but at your nearest convenience you will need to take your car to your local mechanic and have the pressure of the spare tyre checked over and the wheel nuts checked to make sure they are fully tightened. (Remember: if the tyre you changed your flat to is just a “temporary” or “skinny” one then you must check what speed restrictions apply and get this changed as soon as you can. As a general rule, it is advised to not go above 50mph when driving on a temporary tyre.)
Author: Rebecca McGinty