How to Change a Flat Tyre

Imagine this scenario; your phone has no charge or no signal and you are in the middle of nowhere with a flat tyre. You really don’t want that to happen and all drivers should know how to fix a flat tyre.

It is a skill that is easier than you might think. To fix a flat tyre you will need a jack, a lug wrench, a spare tyre and your vehicle owners manual; these should all be present in your vehicle.

If you get a flat tyre the first thing you should do is find a safe spot to change it. Slowly come to a stop rather than harshly turning or braking, make sure you are out of the way of oncoming traffic and then turn your hazard lights on. Apply the parking brake so that your vehicle will not roll.

You may have wheel wedges stored in your vehicle. If you don’t have wheel wedges use bricks or large stones instead, they will do the same job. If you are changing a rear tyre put wheel wedges in front of the front tires; if you are changing a flat front tyre put them behind the rear tyres. This will prevent your car from rolling.

To set about changing the flat tyre first remove wheel covers or hubcaps, your vehicle manual will explain how to do this. This will expose the lug nuts which you then need to loosen. Lug Nuts are the nuts in the centre of the wheel holding it in place. Only loosen the lug nuts, do not remove them completely, a half turn will do the trick.

Check your vehicle owners manual to find your cars jacking point; each car has a different one. Place your jack under the vehicle alongside the tyre that is flat and crank the jack until your vehicle is off the ground. Never put any part of your body under your vehicle whilst it is jacked up.

Once the jack is in position you can unscrew the lug nuts fully. This will allow you to now remove the flat tyre. Pull the flat tyre gently towards you holding it by the tread. Remove it completely and set it down sideways so that it doesn’t roll away.

Put on the spare tyre by lining up the lug nut posts with the holes in the spare tyre. Put the tyre on so that it cannot go any further and then loosely fasten on the lug nuts. Lower the car back to the ground using the jack and then tightly fasten the lug nuts. Keep tightening each lug nut a little bit at a time rather than doing them one by one. Keep going until all lug nuts are as tight as they can be.

Put the flat tyre back in your boot and you are done. Don’t leave anything on the side of the road. Temporary spare tyres are not designed to go at speed so drive slowly and visit a tyre technician as soon as possible.

At MBS Traction Centre we are a specialist wheel tracking centre in Sheffield. If you have had a flat tyre bring your car into us and we can quickly provide you with affordable new car tyres to get you back on the road.


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