How to change a car tyre
Posted by: Cal on 7/03/2014
Category: Tyre Information
With a study by Micheldever tyres claiming that half of all men would not pull over to help a 'damsel in distress' with a flat car tyre according to the Daily Express, it seems most people will need to fend for themselves should they ever find themselves in the situation.
Plenty of Australians already know how to change their car tyre like a pro, but it's important to learn if you don't know.
That way, you'll be changing a flat tyre with no troubles, and absolutely no help required.
Use this guide, courtesy of the New Zealand AA, to get you on your way to tyre-changing success - you mechanic, you!
Before you begin, ensure your spare tyre, jack and tools are in good working order. Then, switch on your hazard lights to let other vehicles know you're in trouble, and throw on a high-visibility jacket if you've got one - this will keep you safer if you're on the side of the road.
If you're travelling with passengers, ensure they all exit the car. Make sure your car is in park if it's an automatic, or in gear if it's a manual, and apply the handbrake. Then, block the tyres on one side of your car so it has no chance of escaping!
Next, remove the wheel cover and loosen the wheel nuts, then prepare the jack. Aim to change your tyre on the flattest area available. Place the jack under the sill of the car (located underneath the door openings) in the most reinforced area, then raise the car.
Once the wheel is above the ground, remove the wheel nuts and take the wheel from the car. Replace the wheel with your spare, and reapply the wheel nuts tightly.
You're nearly done - lower the car using the jack, and then use your wrench to fully tighten the wheel nuts. Travelling with loose wheel nuts is incredibly dangerous, so make sure they're firm.
Once you have replaced the wheel cover or hubcap, you're good to go. You'll need to replace the damaged tyre, so consider a quality brand such as GT Radial for your new tyre. It's best to replace all four tyres at once, and it's also recommended to use the same brand for all four wheels - so consider whether it might be time to invest in a whole new set.