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How to Change a Tyre

Changing the tyre on your car is a fundamental life skill that is too often overlooked. A very simple process that is completed in a matter of minutes when done methodically. An invaluable life skill when you need it the most. Something that every man and women should know how to do. Take the time to read and familiarise yourself with the process and you will never have to flag or call for help again.

Changing a car tyre is something that every man and women should know how to do. The cliché that “it’s a man’s job” is a feeble excuse for women to learn the skill. Surprisingly, there are men that have not been taught how to do it. Technology such as run flat tyres, TPMS (tyre pressure monitoring systems) and puncture resistant materials have improved safety with a result of not having to change a tyre in an emergency situation. This should not prevent someone from understanding the process as it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Human knowledge will prevail over technology and one day it will come in hand, the day when you need it the most.

How to change a tyre - 10 Easy Steps

  1. Identify the 4 most important items you need. These are found in the boot wheel compartment:
    1. Car Jack. Which is commonly referred to as a scissor jack
    2. Wheel spanner
    3. Lock nut
    4. Spare Wheel
  2. Position the jack underneath the car at the designated jack spot nearest to the wheel you are changing.
  3. Raise the jack just before it is able to lift the car so it is steady and rigid in its position.
  4. Using the wheel spanner, loosen ALL the wheel nuts by turning them counter-clockwise. Do not loosen them completely. Loosen enough to remove the tension so they can be turned while the wheel is lifted. Two full rotations of the wheel spanner is usually perfect.
  5. Wind the jack to the point that the wheel is not touching the ground.
  6. Unscrew all the wheel nuts, one by one and remove the wheel.
  7. Position the new wheel onto the hub by aligning the bolt holes of the wheel and the hub. Using your hand, screw the bolts through the wheel holes onto the hub. Screw the bolts in a diagonal order just enough to hold the wheel in place.
  8. Using the wheel spanner, tighten the bolts by rotating the spanner clockwise.
  9. Compress the jack until the car is lowered to the ground. The jack must be free to be removed from underneath the car.
  10. Use the wheel spanner for the last time to tighten the wheel nuts. Make sure it is reasonably tight but do not overturn, as this may result in a stripped wheel nut.

Congratulations, now you know how to change a tyre

Finally, after neatly packing the tools and damaged wheel away, you can drive to a service centre to have the tyre inspected and hopefully repaired. Most spare wheels are to be driven at speeds of under 80 km/h. This may vary depending on your vehicle and spare tyre. Refer to the emergency booklet for the designated travelling speed with the spare tyre.

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