How to Change a Tyre in 5 Easy Steps

This post answers the following questions

1) How to change a tyre?
2) What steps in changing a tyre are available?
3) What do you need in changing a tyre?
4) Why learning to change a tyre is a must have skill for all men?
5) Why do you need to have a jack, a tyre and a lug wrench?

Winter’s approaching and the increase in punctures is upon us. Learning to change a tyre is a must have skill for all men and one that does ladies no harm to know either. If you end up without a working fourth wheel, it can be quite an ordeal if you don’t know what you’re doing. Even relying on the kindness of strangers is something that can’t always be trusted – so here’s how to change a tyre in five easy steps.

Before you change the tyre be sure you are in a safe location and that you are visible to other motorists. If you are replacing with an underside spare, be careful of the drive home – these tyres are often not made for speeds of over 40-50mph

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Jack Position

All you need to change a car tyre is a jack, a tyre and a lug wrench for removing the bolts. When the tyre blows the first thing is to position the jack correctly. If it’s the front tyre, place the jack behind the wheel and if a rear tyre in front of the wheel. This is so the car is less likely to roll forward and off the jack. Make sure the jack is in contact with metal and then with ease, jack it up until it is snug under the car, but not off the ground.

Prepare the Tyre

Now, loosen the lug nuts with the wrench. This may involve you removing the hub caps first and depends on the make or model of car. When these are loose then you can jack the car up until there is a notable amount of ground clearance. This may be six inches or over. Now loosen the remaining blots and take them off the wheel.

Hug it

See-sawing the tyre off will cause problems, and this means you should hug the tyre and pull it off this way. This may involve you pulling it towards your chest and also for you to be in a crouching position. When this is taken off, repeat the process with the replacement in reverse making sure not to see-saw it back on. Push it inwards until it is resisting any more pushing.

Lug Nuts

Not replace the nuts with the wrench, until they are just touching the wheel – so, not too tight. Now replace the car on the ground and tighten them the rest of the way. Tighten them in diagonal pairs. In other words, start on one and then work on the opposite nut. Do this until they are tightly screwed on. If the car is from a car leasing firm or car hire – inform them when you return of the issue.

Complete

Now that the tyre is replaced you should put the other one back in the boot or in the designated area and place all the tools back in position.

Cormac Reynolds writes for First Vehicle Leasing a UK contract hire and car leasing company.

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