You’re driving along, minding your own business, when suddenly you realise your tyre’s gone flat. What now? Panic and freak out? Phone your partner/brother/father/friend and wait for them to come and fix it for you? Why not do it yourself?
Here’ s an easy step-by step guide.
Before you begin, make sure you have the following tools:
• A portable jack to lift your car
• An inflated spare tyre
• A wheel spanner to remove and fix the wheel
1 - In the event of a blow out or a flat tyre, try to park on level ground.
If you can’t find level ground, turn your wheels toward the pavement and park as close to it as possible to avoid rolling; pull the handbrake up and put the car in gear. If you need to change a back wheel, you’ll have to take the handbrake off. This will ensure that the back wheels are loose and are safe to be removed.
2 - Loosen the hubcaps
Once your car is parked securely and there’s no chance of it rolling, you’ll need to loosen the hubcaps (unless your car has mag wheels) and wheel nuts before you jack up the car. Most wheel nuts loosen anti-clockwise, unless they have an ‘L’ written on them, in which case they loosen clockwise. Do not remove the wheel nuts completely.
3 - Jack up your car
Once the wheel nuts are loose, jack your car up, but not too high – the further you lift the car, the further you’ll have to lift the new wheel off the ground.
4 - Take the wheel nuts out and take the wheel off
Make sure that you keep the wheel nuts in a safe place.
5 - Place the new wheel on and loosely tighten the wheel nuts
Only tighten them completely once you have lowered your car back onto the ground. Tighten the nuts as firmly as possible - stand on the wrench if you need to, and don’t forget to put the hubcap back onto your wheel once you’ve finished.
6 - Don’t forget to get your punctured or flat tyre fixed or replaced as soon as possible.
These tips were brought to you by 1st for Women Insurance.