How To Change A Tyre
Changing your own tyre can be quite daunting. Many people have it in their head that only a skilled mechanic can do it, but they are wrong. Changing a tyre is fairly simple as long as you take it one step at a time and remain calm.
So, here are the ten steps you require to successfully change your own tyre, hassle free:
- First, pull over onto the side of the road or motorway and try to make sure that you are on a flat, even section of ground. Then engage the handbrake and then switch the engine off.
- Set up your warning triangle, so that any oncoming traffic can see it before they reach you and your car. Put on a bright jacket to stand out – particularly if it is dark.
- Remove the spare wheel from your boot (if you cannot find it, it is often located under a removable piece of flooring) along with a jack and wheel wrench.
- Before you jack the car up, loosen the wheel nuts using the wheel wrench (these are in the centre of the wheel – occasionally they are located underneath the hubcap).
- Raise the car slowly using the jack. Once the tyre is completely above the ground, finish loosening and removing the wheel nuts.
- Remove with the wheel with the damaged tyre and place it carefully to one side. The wheel can be deceivingly weighty, so be careful.
- Lift up and put the new wheel and tyre into the place of the one you have just removed. Then tighten the wheel nuts – like you did previously, when undoing the wheel nuts, do not tighten them entirely.
- Lower the car and then put the jack to one side. Tighten the wheel nuts fully.
- Tidy away your tools and put the old wheel and tyre in the boot.
- Make one last safety check, making sure that the wheel and tyre is on correctly.
Once you get home, come to Blackcircles.com to buy a set of tyres. The spare tyre is only really suitable for driving over small distances.
Please note: although this section refers to "changing a tyre" what we have described in this section is the changing of a wheel. We have not done this to confuse you. It is because this is the term most commonly associated with the actions described.