Changing your car’s tyres is an important aspect of car maintenance. Tyres are one of the most critical features of your vehicle, and they need to be changed regularly to ensure they are in good condition. Many drivers choose to change their own tyres to save time and money. However, if tyres aren’t changed safely, the results can be catastrophic. In this article, we’ll be discussing how to safely change your car’s tyres.
Begin by preparing the area where you will change your tyres. Ensure that the car is parked on a flat surface and turned off. Chock the wheels to prevent any movement before you begin working on the vehicle. Also, make sure that you have all the necessary tools needed for the job. A lug wrench, jack, and spare tyre are the essential tools needed for tyre change. If you’re changing a tyre on the side of the road or in an emergency, ensure that you have a reflective sign or hazard lights to alert oncoming traffic.
2. Loosen the Lug Nuts
Use the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts on the tyre. It’s important to do this before you jack up the vehicle, as the weight of the car keeps the tyres from spinning. Before you loosen the nuts, make sure that you turn them in an anti-clockwise direction (this will be with the ‘closed end’ of the wrench) to ensure you do not strip the thread.
3. Jack up the Car
Once the nuts are loosened, it’s time to jack up the car. Take the jack and place it in the correct jack point, which will be specified in your owner’s manual. Don’t attempt to jack the car up from any other point, as it can cause serious damage to the frame of the vehicle. Once the jack is in place, begin cranking it up until the tyre is about six inches off the ground. Check to make sure the car is stable before you go any further.
4. Remove the Tyre
With the car jacked up, you can now remove the lug nuts and take off the tyre. Gently pull the tyre towards you while holding it in place with your knees.
5. Install the New Tyre
Once the old tyre is off, you can put the new one in its place by following the same steps in reverse order. Start by … Read the rest