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Chaning your car tyre - the how to!
Monday, 28 April 2014 00:00

How to change your car typre

Tools needed: Spare tyre, jack, lug wrench.

1. Park your car on a flat surface. If you get a flat while on the road, pull your car as far away from traffic as possible. Make sure to put on the emergency brake. It’s also recommended to put a block on the tyre opposite of the flat tyre.

2. Remove the hubcap. If your car has a hubcap, remove it so you can get to the lug nuts. Use the hubcap to hold the nuts.

3. Loosen the nuts. Grab your lug wrench and place it on the flat tyre’s lug nuts. Loosen them up by turning them counter cclockwise. The nuts are probably on there really tight, so you’ll have to use all your strength to unscrew them. Loosen the nuts a few turns, but don’t take any of them off

4. Place the jack underneath your car. Check your owner’s manual for the correct placement of the jack. Turn the hand crank at the end of the jack to raise the jack until it comes into contact with your car’s frame. Make sure it’s touching a sturdy spot.

5. Jack it up! Start cranking the jack until the wheel is high enough above the ground to remove the tyre.

6. Remove the flat. Remove the lug nuts from the wheel. You should be able to do it by hand because you’ve already loosened them. Remove the flat tyre and lay it flat. You don’t want the wheel to roll into traffic during rush hour and cause a thirty car pile-up!

7. Slap on your spare. Take your spare tyre and line up the lugs, or bolts, with the holes in the wheel and slide the wheel on. Once the wheel is on, take your lug nuts and tighten them by hand until you meet firm resistance.

8. Lower the car. Lower the jack until the wheel is firmly on the ground.

9. Finish tightening your lug nuts. These babies must be on super tight so the wheel doesn’t come flying off while driving to the tyre shop to get the flat fixed. So you need to unleash the super power of the star pattern to get those lugs.

Article by : Hi-Q Moore Road, Durban, 031-305 6986, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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