How to change a flat tyre 101
How to change a flat tyre is one of those life lessons that will probably only come in handy a few times, but when the time comes, it really pays to know how.
Auto Service Technician Robert Richardson teaches how to change a tyre quickly and safely without having to call for help. Check out the video for the step-by-step process and how you can get yourself back on the road in no time.
Danielle: A flat tyre or puncture is never great news, especially when you are on a busy highway or in traffic.
Fortunately help is not too far away! I am joined by Robert who is going to teach us how to change that tyre.
Robert: Thanks Dani. I’m going to help you change that tyre quickly and safely and get you on your way!
The first thing I need to do is make the vehicle safe and secure.
Stage 1: Ensuring vehicle safety
I have put the hazard lights on, hand brake is on and the car in gear. This car is a manual, if it were an automatic, I would be putting it in Park and the handbrake on.
Before I get to the tyre, one more safety check!
These safety triangles are a great device to warn other motorists of a potential hazard.
Stage 2: Prepare for wheel change
Stage 3: Jacking vehicle/wheel removal
I have a ground sheet here to make things more comfortable.
I have put the spare wheel under the car for safety purposes.
And I have put the Jack in place.
Always refer to the Owner’s manual for the specific jacking points for each specific vehicle.
Our jacking point is right here.
Before we raise the car, we loosen the wheel nuts off.
We are now going to raise the car – by winding up the Jack.
Got the wheel loose now, holding the wheel, top and sides, now lifting it off, dropping it down and rolling away.
Stage 4: Fitting spare wheel
I have removed the wheel and put it under the chassis for safety.
I am now putting the spare tyre on.
I have put the wheel nuts on and started them all in place, now I will just spin them up finger tight.
The wheel nuts are firm and we will tighten them fully in sequence.
Winding it back down, sliding the jack out.
We are almost done! Wheel is back on and I will just tighten up the wheel now.
We now have our spare tyre on. It’s a space-saver, it’s not intended for long term use or high speed.
Danielle: We hope you don’t have a flat tyre any time soon. But in case you do, there are a few items we suggest you keep handy in the boot of your car.
1. A mini air compressor these can be really handy.
2. A set of work gloves to keep hands clean when handling dirty tyres and minimising injury.
3. A ground sheet to make things a little more comfortable.
And number 4: A reflective device such as the safety triangle in this video. These help warn other motorists of potential hazards.
And don’t forget to return your damaged tire to your service-centre for repair or replacement! You never know when you’ll need it next!
No matter where you are or how it happens, knowing the steps to changing a spare tyre can get you out of a bind.
- Ensuring vehicle safety: Change your tyre well away from any passing traffic and make sure the car is on level ground. If you are driving a manual car, have the handbrake on and the car in gear. If you are driving an automatic, again, have the handbrake on and in Park.
- Preparing for wheel change: Get the equipment you will need out of your boot ready to change the tyre.
- Jacking and wheel removal: Loosen the wheel’s nuts, and using your car owner's manual, follow the instructions for the right use of the jack.
- Fitting the spare wheel: Make sure the nuts are on firmly before lowering the jack. Once the wheel has touched the ground and the jack is out, firmly tighten the nuts again.
Handy tools to help you change a tyre
- Mini air compressor
- Set of work gloves
- Ground sheet
- Reflective hazard warning device
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