Driving down the highway, singing to your favourite song…and then POP! You pull over, get out of the car….and, whaaaaat! Flat Tyre and you do not know how to fix it. We know, you can just call your boyfriend, friend or dad…or the car company. Well, let us just pretend that you are stuck on the side of the road, with a dead phone battery and it is about to storm so you need it done quick. Your turn!
Step 1: Jacking The Tyre
– Put out the jack out of the back of your car. Yes, you should have one in the back because it is illegal not to…
– Place the flat part of the jack under a sturdy part of the car. If it is the front tyres, a good place is behind the front tyre, under the door. If it is the back tyres, the back of the car, under the boot is a safe section for you to use. If your car has rust, do not place it on or too close to it, because it may shatter due to weakness, and that is just not going to end well…
– Once the jack is in a secure spot, you are ready to crank your car. Pull out your guns (those hidden muscles) and push down your crank. There are two types of jacks. One type of jack will just require you to push up and down and the car will rise. The cheaper sort of jack will require you to put the “cranker” in the hole and twist it down, and the car will rise.
Step 2: Remove the Tyre
– You need the car to have risen a little bit, so the pressure is off the tyre, but not enough for the car to be completely in the air. Grab out your tyre iron; also something that should come with your car other wise it is illegal… The tyre iron is either shaped in a cross or in a curved L shape, depending on what one you have. Use that tyre iron to loosen the bolts on the tyre; again to release the pressure.
Remember: Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey. (Turn it left!)
– Go back to the jack and pump it up a little bit higher, so it is a few cms off the ground.
– Then use the tyre iron to completely loosen the bolts off.
– Pull the tyre completely off
Step 3: New Tyre Time
– Pull out that spare tyre from under the boot. Again, a spare tyre is a legal requirement, so it needs to be there!
– Line your tyre up with the calliper and try and slide that tyre on.
Step 4: Putting the New Tyre On
– Once the tyre is lined up and on, it is time to put your bolts on. Pick one hole and righty tighty the bolt in, but not as tight as your muscles can go.
– This part is extremely important.
A car will have four or five bolts. If your car has four bolts, the next bolt you do need is the one diagonal from it.
If your car has five bolts, you need to go in a star shape.
– Whichever one your bolt pattern has, repeat this step until you have done all the bolts.
– Once all the bolts are in secure places, tighten as hard as your muscles can go!
– Pump the jack down to normal height, slide it out from under the car and put it back in the boot
Step 5: Be Proud!
– You have changed your tyre!