How to Change a Car Tyre for Beginners

 

A car tyre deflating in the middle of your journey can cause a moment of panic, especially if you’re a new driver.

However, it doesn’t have to be a frightening experience. At Customise Your Wheels, we have created an easy guide to changing your tyre for beginners. 

Once you learn how to do it, it becomes an easy task! For wheel repairs or customisations, contact us today. We’re here for all of your car needs.

Tools and Materials Needed

Ensure you handle each tool carefully to prevent any accident or injury. 

  • Spare Tire
  • Jack
  • Lug Wrench (Lug Nut Key)
  • Wheel Wedges or Blocks
  • Gloves
  • Flashlight
  • Tire Pressure Gauge
  • Mat or Knee Pad

Safety Precautions

Before changing your tyre, pull over to a well-lit location with flat ground. 

Turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers and engage the parking brake to prevent the vehicle from rolling. Ensure that the engine is turned off before beginning the process.

Follow the manufacturer guidelines for your specific vehicle if you’re unsure of anything. It’s important to wear gloves to protect your hands from dirt and grease.

Wear reflective clothes and place a warning triangle on your car to make you visible to others.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Changing a Tyre

 

  1. Loosening the Lug Nuts: Use the lug wrench to loosen the nuts on the tyre without removing them completely. Do this whilst the car is on the ground. This will make it much easier and safer to remove the wheel when the car is jacked up.
  2. Placing the wheel wedges: Add the wheel wedges or blocks on the side opposite the fat tire to prevent the vehicle from rolling.
  3. Position the jack: Use the vehicle manual to locate the correct lifting point. Then, place the jack under the car, directly contacting the designated lifting area.
  4. Lift the vehicle: Lift the car off the ground with the jack until the flat tyre is above ground. You can find where it is safe to position the jack as there will be markings on the chassis.
  5. Remove lug nuts and tyre: Remove the remaining lug nuts with the lug wrench. Then, take off the flat tyre. Remember to position the wheel under the car, this way if the car falls off the jack it won’t hit the ground and cause damage.
  6. Mount the spare tyre: Position your new tyre onto the wheel bolts and tighten the lug nuts by hand as much as possible for a secure fit. When securing the bolts, ensure that you tighten them in a criss-cross manner rather than just tightening them in a clockwise or anti-clockwise fashion, this can help keep the wheel in alignment.
  7. Lower the vehicle: Carefully lower the vehicle back onto the ground using the jack.
  8. Tighten lug nuts with a wrench: Use your wrench, tighten the lug nuts again in a criss-cross pattern. Double-check it’s tight enough before moving on.
  9. Pack up and test drive: Put your tools back in your boot. After driving a short distance, check the pressure of the new tyre to ensure it’s fitted correctly. If you have installed a spare tyre that is slightly smaller than the others, please keep to a safe speed and get the correct tyre fitted as soon as possible.

 

Post-Tyre Change Tips

Once you have completed the process, visit a professional as soon as possible to have a permanent tyre fitted. 

If your tyre has locking lug nuts, use the key to remove them. Regularly check and maintain the condition of your tyres for safe and efficient driving. We suggest checking the air pressure of your tyres periodically. 

Make a note of the date and location of the tyre change to give to a professional. For high-quality wheel repair and customisation, visit our website today to browse our services. 

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