Changing a tyre may seem simple to some, but many people often have no idea where to start. That’s why this week, we’re giving you a simple step-by-step guide to change your own tyre.
1. Prepare Your Car
Switch off your engine, turn on your hazard lights, put the handbrake on, get all your tools ready and put chocks in front of and behind the wheel that’s diagonally opposite the one you’re replacing.
2. Loosen The Wheel Nuts
Take the wheel brace or wrench to start to loosen the nuts slightly but not all the way.
3. Lift up The Vehicle
Find the jacking point nearest to the wheel you need to change and wind the jack out so it fits into the jacking point and the flat foot of the jack touches the ground. Continue to wind the jack until the wheel is off the ground, then raise the car high enough to get the inflated tyre on.
4. Take Off The Old Wheel
Undo the wheel nuts and set them aside then remove the wheel from the hub. If it doesn’t come off fairly easily, replace the wheel nuts and call for assistance as it could be dangerous to proceed.
5. Fit Spare Wheel
If your spare wheel has nuts and studs, it should slide on easily. If the wheel has bolts, you’ll need to line up the holes using the alignment tool. Once all bolts are in, remove the alignment tool and put in the last bolt. Tighten all the nuts or bolts gently with the wheel brace and use the jack to lower the car until it makes firm contact with the ground. Finally, fully tighten the nuts or bolts in a diagonal pattern.
Book Your Car in With a Mechanic You Can Trust
If you have to change your own tire, always get yourself to Car Doctor as soon as possible. We will check the pressure in the spare tyre, ensure your wheel nuts are properly tightened and replace or repair the damaged tyre so you still have a spare.
To book your car in with our friendly, local team, call us on 01634 730 684!