It can be really exasperating when you’re driving along smoothly, with your mind on an important meeting agenda or some family memory, and suddenly your car pulls over to one side and you hear that dreaded fluttering sound of a flat tire. Inevitably, this is bound to happen sooner or later to almost most everyone. Nowadays, most drivers have few roadside assistance technicians or contacts that can come in to fix your flat tires, but it’s always smart and handy to know how to change car tyre yourself.
And since it’s a fairly common occurrence in recent times, car manufacturers have attempted to make the entire tire change process one that virtually anyone could do. The basic thing to do is to be cautious rather than curing, for which refer our guide below:
Before you start a journey, it would be a good idea to get your car serviced, especially for a long trip, and part of the checkup should include a good look at the tires. What needs to be looked at is any unevenly worn spot or skimpy tread and should the tires appear iffy, it is best to invest in new ones. Eventually, you will require new ones anyway, and it’s always better to start out on any trip with new tires than have a “tiresome” blow-out in the middle of nowhere.
Today, most cars come equipped with a simple jack and a lug wrench as well as a spare tire. Now, pull out the jack and the tire and ensure the tire is in good shape. Should your spare be flat, get it fixed immediately.
Even if you’re not heading on a trip, you should learn to familiarise yourself with the tools you’ll use in the event of a flat tire, to make it convenient for yourself.
It would only take a few minutes to make sure you have all the tools and complete the check so that you can save yourself a big headache later on. You could easily check your owner’s manual if you aren’t sure how to access these items.
Some Optional Items to Pack
Besides your crucial jack, wrench, and a spare tire that you have, you might also want to consider placing the following tools in your trunk to make your tire change much easier and more comfortable:
- A Flashlight (with few extra batteries).
- A pair of Gloves
- A Tarp or mat to kneel on
- A Plastic rain poncho.
- A Fix-a-flat spray foam
- A Tire gauge
- A pair of Tire blocks
Right, now you have taken precautions and packed the tools necessary, you can safely set out for your journey. If for some bizarre reason, you still end up with a flat tire then not to worry! All you need to do is follow our simple step-by-step guide to change your tires yourself easily:
10 STEPS FOR CHANGING YOUR TIRE:
 Locate a safe spot to pull over: If you’re driving on the highway, taking the next exit out is the safest bet, even if you have to drive on your blown tire. Otherwise, you could pull as far onto your shoulder as possible but don’t park in the middle of any curve where approaching cars cannot see you. We recommend you choose a flat spot as dragging up your car on a hill can be a disaster. And if you have a manual transmission, leave your car in gear. Ensure that your parking brake is set!
 Turn on your hazard lights and get tools: Always turn on your hazard light to let other vehicles and any helpful vehicle know. Then, get the jack, wrench, and the spare tire from your trunk and bring them over to the tire that has become flat
 Loosen the lug nuts with the wrench: First, remove the hubcap to use. Remember not to remove the lug nuts at this point; just loosen them by turning the wrench to the left (counter-clockwise). While doing this, if the lug nuts are really tight, place the wrench on the nut and stand on the wrench arm to use your full weight on it or you can also try hitting the wrench arm with a rock or any heavy object
 Lift the vehicle off the ground with jack: Different car models have different places to insert the jack. For this, consult your owner’s manual for the specific location. Get the jack securely into the correct spot and jack up the car until the tire is about 6 inches off the ground
 Take off the lug nuts and pull out tire: Carefully remove the lug nuts. It is better to place the lug nuts in a pile so that they won’t get scattered and lost. Now, pull the tire neatly straight toward yourself to remove it from its wheelbase
 Place your spare on the car: You can now place your spare in. First, line up the lug nut posts with the holes in your spare and push the spare all the way onto the wheel base until it can’t go any farther
 Put back the lug nuts: Remember that you don’t need to put them on tightly. You just have to make sure they’re on enough for your spare to stay in the car for the moment
 Get your car back to the ground: Once this is done, use your jack to bring your car back down to the ground level and remove the jack from underneath your car
 Tighten the lug nuts securely: Once the car is back on the ground, you can tighten the lug nuts. Instead of tightening them one by one in order, you could start with one lug nut, tighten it about 50% and move on to the opposite nut (across the circle) and then tighten that one about the same amount. Thereafter, keep tightening opposite lug nuts gradually in turn until each lug nut would be as tight as can be
 Keep tire and tools back in your trunk: Put back all the tools and everything you took out of the car and make sure you don’t leave anything on the side of the road, lest you need it again.
So these were the steps you can follow to change your tires easily. Now, we bring you a possible alternative to this, for need.
USE OF FLAT FIX SPRAY
Sometimes, a tire isn’t wholly destroyed when it goes flat. When the flat is caused by a nail or any other sharp object and you can’t or don’t want to change your tire on the side of the roads, you should be able to give yourself a few kilometres of leeway by using some flat-fix type spray.
In most situations, the spray foam would allow you to at least find a close off-ramp and pull into a service station or some convenient place before you have to change your tire.
Thus, we have offered our best tips and thoughts on how you can handle a tire change as a precaution as well as after it has occurred. We hope you would use this to your convenience and wish you a very happy week ahead!