The fact is, car tyres never blow at a convenient moment. Lady Luck always has a way of kicking us in the teeth and it’s inevitable that you’ll only get a puncture when running late for a meeting or rushing to attend an important function. With these top tyre-changing tips, however, turning up to that all-important business meeting with motor oil all over your crisp white shirt can be a thing of the past.
In order to change a car tyre, you first need to jack your car up. Your car should come with a jack but these can be bought cheaply from most maintenance stores. Ensuring your ignition is off and your handbrake is on, loosen the wheel nuts slightly and place the jack under the jacking point on the underside of your car. Carefully use the jack to raise the vehicle up to a point where you can easily remove the existing tyre and have enough room to fit the new tyre to the car.
You can now begin to remove the wheel nuts which you loosened prior to jacking. You should remove the wheel nuts on the left and ride sides first and leave the top one until last. This will minimise the possibility of snapping or bending the wheel bolts. If you have a friend to help you hold the tyre whilst you remove it, this will minimize damage further. Once you’ve removed every nut, carefully remove the tyre and put it to one side.
With the help of a friend, place the new wheel onto the bolts and ensure it sits snugly. Tighten the nuts loosely and ensure the air valve is facing you. It’s vital that the tyre is the right way round or you could cause serious damage to your car. Once the tyre is sat properly on the bolts and is not likely to move out of its position, lower the jack slowly and then tighten the nuts fully once your car is rested back on the ground.
It’s easy to keep your tyres in good condition. Check your air pressure regularly (this also helps you save money on fuel). Brake smoothly and evenly in order to reduce the risk of skidding – a major cause of tyre damage. Tyre damage when parking is also common, so take extra care not to bash into kerbs or objects which may reduce the life of your tyre. With some simple care and attention, you can save money and increase the life of your tyres.
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