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How To Change A Flat Tyre

Park The Car In A Safe Place

If your tyre gets punctured while you are driving, turn on the hazard lights and slowly move your car to the side of the road where it is safe to change the tyre. Try to park the car on level ground. Set up the triangular warning sign about 20 metres in front of your car to warn others that you have stopped for repairs. Once you've parked, take out the lug wrench, jack and the spare tyre from the trunk.

Block The Wheels

If you have to park on even a slight incline, try to find a heavy object to wedge up against the good tyres. This will help to keep the car from rolling when you jack it up.

Set The Jack

Set the jack up under a solid part of the side of the car, usually next to the flat tyre. Make sure the jack is under something solid that can support the weight of the car.

Pry The Hubcap Off And Jack Up The Car

If the wheel has a hubcap, pry it off with a screwdriver. Once you get the hubcap off, loosen the lug nuts, which are the hexagonal bolts under the hubcap, with the lug wrench. Start pumping the jack until the flat tyre lifts off the ground. Remove all the lug nuts.

Remove The Flat Tyre And Replace With The Spare

Take the old tyre off and replace it with the spare tyre. Position the tyre so that the holes line up with the lug bolts. Replace the lug nuts and tighten them. Finally put the hubcap back. Carefully lower the car with the jack until the jack can easily slide out from underneath. Remove the wheel blocks. Get your original tyre fixed as soon as you can, as the spare tyre is not meant to run like a normal tyre. Changing the car tyre is hard work and requires physical strength. If you have any doubts about your ability to proceed, call for help before you injure yourself.

How Frequently Am I Supposed To Check The Tyre Pressure Of New Car?

You should check the tyre pressure at least once a fortnight when the tyres to the recommended pressure is as indicated in your car owner's manual or decal on the door pillar. Do no under-inflate or over-inflate your tyres. Under-inflation can lead to excessive tread wear on the shoulders. Over-inflation will cause ride harshness, deformation of the tread and the tyres will wear out quickly at the centre. By the way, you should ensure that your space tyre is pressure as well.

Are You Making These Tyre Safety Mistake?

How your car tyre wears can give you useful clues about what's wrong with your car - and how to fix it...

Tyres Worn On The Outer Edges, But Not In The Middle

It means the tyre is not inflated enough, making your car more sluggish so it's harder to accelerate out of danger. Check your tyre inflation levels in the car manual.

Front Or Back Tyres Are Wearing Faster

In a frontwheel drive car, the rear tyres tend to wear faster because they take less of the load. A mechanic can rotate your tyres (swap them from back to front) so they wear evenly.


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