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How to Change a Flat Tyre

A few months ago, we wrote an article that around 50% of drivers do not know how to change a flat tyre. If you drive it, you should know a few basics on how to look after it. Knowing how to change a flat tyre is one of them.

Here at Fit My Car, we believe that it is an essential skill for any driver to know how to change a flat tyre, especially because we advocate going on long road trips around Australia. You definitely do not want to be stuck out in the middle of nowhere waiting for roadside assistance to rescue you for something as trivial as a flat tyre.

Here is a short video that shows how quick it is to change a tyre even in heels!

To summarise, here is a list of things to do:

  • Park your car in a safe spot where you won’t get hit by oncoming traffic while working on your car. Also, choose a flat even ground as you don’t want your car to roll while changing a tyre.
  • Turn on your hazard lights and deploy an early warning device if you have one. Unload the jack, tyre wrench and spare tyre from the boot.
  • Use the wrench to loosen the lug nuts halfway. If there is a hubcap and/or lug nut covers, you need to remove them first before loosening the lug nuts.
  • Use the jack to lift the car up. Place the jack under the car the specific location which may vary for each model. You should consult your car manual on where the location is under your car. Lift the car up at least six inches from the ground.
  • Remove the lug nuts and then remove the flat tyre from the axle. Be sure to keep the lug nuts somewhere secure. Once the tyre has been removed, place it on the ground near your car boot.
  • Place spare tyre on the axle by aligning the lugs to the holes on the tyre. Be sure to push it in all the way.
  • Secure the spare tyre by placing the lug nuts on but not fully tightening it. Be sure that all the lug nuts have been used.
  • Lower the car with the jack. Once it is lowered, remove the jack from underneath the car.
  • Tighten the lug nuts all the way. Move from one lug nut to the next so you do not miss any.
  • Store the flat tyre, jack and wrench in the boot.

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There you have it. A simple how-to guide on changing a flat tyre. It should be a simple and straightforward task that anyone can perform. It would be a good idea to practice changing a tyre before going on a road trip. Drive safe!

Photos via Pixabay

Jonno Rodd

Jonno is the hype-man for some of Australia's most rad brands. His passion for adventure, new tech, and off-roading, means there is no really automotive topic beyond Jonno's interest.

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