How To Change a Tyre
It’s almost certain that at some point in your driving life, you’ll end up with a flat tyre. Surprisingly, many people have no idea how to change a tyre in an emergency breakdown! While we are the Brisbane car air conditioning experts, Sully’s Auto is also committed to providing information that is relevant to owning a car.
The most important start to this guide is to make sure the spare tyre you keep in your car is in good condition. Make sure you have the tools for changing a tyre stored in your car as well. Without these two essential things, you aren’t going to be able to get any further.
Steps For Changing a Tyre
- Ensure all passengers are out of the car, and the handbrake is applied. If your car is an automatic, make sure it’s set in Park. For manual cars, it needs to be in gear.
- Use bricks or other heavy items to secure the wheels on the opposite side of the car to prevent rolling.
- Remove the hub cap or centre cover to access the wheel nuts, and loosen them with the wrench. Do not remove them all the way yet!
- Find the jacking point underneath your car, and slide the jack into position. If you are unsure where this is, check your car’s manual.
- Slowly raise the car enough to be able to safely lift the flat tyre off.
- Loosen and remove the wheel nuts the rest of the way, and then slide the tyre towards you, and lift it off the axle.
- Put the spare tyre into place, and replace the wheel nuts. Make sure they are going on the correct way! Hand tighten them as much as possible.
- Carefully lower the vehicle back to the ground. Once that is done, remove the jack, and tighten the wheel nuts firmly with the wrench.
- Replace the hub cap or centre cover, put the flat tyre and wheel kit back in your boot.
- Continue on your way and take the tyre to be fixed or replaced.
We hope this quick guide has been helpful to you! Over the coming week we will be posting more quick guides with handy car tips, if you have any suggestions on content, leave a comment below!