Changing your own tyre can be quite daunting. Many people have it in their head that only a skilled mechanic can do it, but they are wrong. Changing a tyre is fairly simple as long as you take it one step at a time and remain calm.
So, here are the ten steps you require to successfully change your own tyre, hassle free:
- First, pull over onto the side of the road or motorway and try to make sure that you are on a flat, even section of ground. Then engage the handbrake and then switch the engine off.
- Set up your warning triangle, so that any oncoming traffic can see it before they reach you and your car. Put on a bright jacket to stand out – particularly if it is dark.
- Remove the spare wheel from your boot (if you cannot find it, it is often located under a removable piece of flooring) along with a jack and wheel wrench.
- Before you jack the car up, loosen the wheel nuts using the wheel wrench (these are in the centre of the wheel – occasionally they are located underneath the hubcap).
- Raise the car slowly using the jack. Once the tyre is completely above the ground, finish loosening and removing the wheel nuts.
- Remove with the wheel with the damaged tyre and place it carefully to one side. The wheel can be deceivingly weighty, so be careful.
- Lift up and put the new wheel and tyre into the place of the one you have just removed. Then tighten the wheel nuts – like you did previously, when undoing the wheel nuts, do not tighten them entirely.
- Lower the car and then put the jack to one side. Tighten the wheel nuts fully.
- Tidy away your tools and put the old wheel and tyre in the boot.
- Make one last safety check, making sure that the wheel and tyre is on correctly.
Why should you check your tyres?
Did you know that you are not insured when driving on illegal tyres? If you are involved in an accident and it turns out that you have been driving around on tyres with a tread depth lower than 1.6mm you could find yourself forking out a lot of money on repairs and fines.
Worn tyres significantly impede the performance of your car – low tread depths reduce the effectiveness of braking, steering, and acceleration, all of which are vital in staying safe. What are a few minutes put aside now to check your tyres, when you compare it to your own safety and that of your family?
What Should I Check?
MotoMecha has devised a five point tyre check that we strongly recommend you complete:
- Check overall condition of tyres, including inner and outer sidewalls.
- Check all tyre pressures.
- Check and examine the spare tyre.
- Check tyre tread depth.
- Check signs of irregular wear.