Experiencing a tyre blowout can be quite a shock. Ensure that you are in a safe place and a calm state before following any advice or instructions on how to change a tyre.
Out on the roads knowing how to change a tire is a necessary skill for all drivers. Relying on a cell phone to save you in a roadside emergency, there is always the chance of the phone being out of charge, range or worse leaving it at home! However, flat tyres can happen anywhere, and a cell phone is no substitute for knowing how to change a flat tyre.
The good news is a spare wheel is the most reliable way to get yourself back on the road. Your car with either come with a narrow space saver or a full-size spare. Still the process of how to change a tyre is the same.
Apart from the original spare wheel, you will need the following:
Other useful items to carry:
1. Preparing the vehicle
Apply the handbrake and ensure all the passengers are out from the car. Take the spare wheel and the necessary tools out of the boot.
2.Position the wheel chock/bricks
These are crucial when working on your car. Chocks prevent the vehicle from rolling while jacked up. Position the chock on the opposite wheel to the one with a puncture.
3.Loosen the nuts on the wheel
This is a lot easier and safer to do while the car is on the ground. You may need to pull the plastic wheel trim off first. Turn the wheel nuts anti-clockwise and loosen to the point when you can turn them by hand. Although don’t remove them just yet.
4. Jack the car off the ground
Check your handbook for the right jacking points. All vehicles have dedicated spots. Aim to position the jack at the side of the car close to the punctured wheel. Place the small plank of wood under the jack to help keep it stable. Raise the vehicle slowly until the flat tyre is around 10-15cm up off the ground.
5. Take the flat tyre off
Remove the wheel nuts off, then slowly and gently pull the tyre towards you until it comes free. Place flat on the ground.
6. Attach the spare wheel
Slide the spare wheel onto the protruding hub bolts, line it up correctly with the wheel nut slots. Replace the wheel and tighten up the nuts by hand.
7. Lower the car to the ground & tighten the bolts
Use the jack to lower the vehicle down slightly, so that the tyre is touching the ground. Once on the ground fully tighten up the wheel nuts.
8. Entirely Lower & Remove the jack
Lower the car all the way down to the earth then remove the jack carefully. Give a quick tighten check on the wheel nuts. Put all the items back inside the boot.
9. Check the tyre pressure
If you have the appropriate tool use a tyre pressure gauge to check the spare wheel is inflated fully. If not, drive carefully to a petrol station and use the indicator there.
10. Take your tyre for repair
Take your punctured tyre to a local tyre fitter or garage. They will advise you to repair or replace it. Don’t drive on space saver wheel for longer than needed, they are only intended for emergencies.