Tuesday 24th July 2012
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General guide on changing a tyre
Estimated time: 15-20 mins                                                Difficulty: Easy

If you have a flat tyre when driving along, then pull to the side of the road or somewhere safe to park, put your handbrake on and the gears into neutral. If you have a warning triangle you should place this a few metres behind you at the rear of the vehicle. It may not always be convenient or necessary to call out the AA man or break down service. Having the knowledge of changing a flat tyre yourself can come in handy or in an emergency situation, and it's really not that difficult.

Step 1

You will need to loosen up the wheel nuts that hold the wheel on. You will need your security bolt handy if your car is fitted with security nuts. Just loosen them, at this stage, don't remove them completely. You will then need to jack up the vehicle using a wheel jack. Get the wheel up about an inch or two off the ground. Using your wheel brace, socket set or similar tool, remove the wheel nuts completely and slide the wheel off the vehicle.

Step 2

Get the spare wheel from the boot of the vehicle, underneath the carpet and check that the tyre is inflated and fit for use.

Step 3

Place the spare wheel onto the wheel hub, and push on fully so you can put the wheel nuts on and tighten them. Make sure they are tightened fully. Lower the jack and this completes your tyre changeover.

Last step in checking your tyre

Remember, that you will need to have the flat tyre inflated or fixed so that you have a working spare in the boot of your vehicle. This is required by law and you never know when you are going to need it! This is also part of MOT check.

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