Wondering how to change a car tire? Every driver must have the skills to change the tire of his car without relying upon others. It is very common to get a punctured tire when you are on road.
It may take almost 20-30 minutes to change a flat tire if you have a spare tire, a car jack, and a wrench in the shape of X or L.
If you have a torchlight, gloves and a wedge to hold the wheel then it can be safer to change the tire but they are optional tools as you can complete the task even without them. The tips provided here can help you in changing the car tire more easily.
If your tire got punctured on the way then to change it you should, first of all, take it away from traffic to park it at a wide and safe spot and engage its parking brake. Before starting to change the tire you should also use a reflective triangle to alert other drivers.
It will ensure your safety while changing the tire.
After parking the car at a safe location you should get your tools from the boot of the car and use the wrench to undo the nuts of the wheel by using your muscle force to turn the wrench in the anti-clockwise direction.
Leave the loosened lug nuts there instead of removing them completely.
Before removing the lug nuts you should put the jack close to the tire to be changed under the frame. You can use the owner’s manual to know where you should position the jack properly.
Before lifting the car with the jack you should use a wedge or a weighty thing like a rock etc. against the wheel that you are not going to lift to be more careful in this regard. It will not allow your car to roll back when you are going to lift it.
When you have set the jack under the car frame safely you should turn its crank by hand or a liver to lift the car to an adequate height so that you can take away the tire easily. After lifting the car you should remove the nuts and the tire entirely from the hub of the wheel.
After removing the deflated tire you should attach the spare tire to the wheel hub and fit the nuts and use your hand to tighten them as much as you can.
Now unwind the car jack to bring the car to the earth. Now ensure that the wheel is properly aligned. You should tighten the lug nuts by using the lug wrench and ensure that their tightness. After completing the task you can store the deflated tire in the car’s boot.
In this way, you can change a flat car tyre within a few minutes if you have the proper tools.
However, there can be certain circumstances when you cannot change the tire of your car yourself. In such situations, you should call for help. Some of these instances may include:
You may not be able to change the tire of your car quickly if it is raining heavily. It can increase the chances of getting injured due to improper grip on the tools.
The safety of the people in your car must be your priority while changing the tire, especially when you are traveling with your family and friends. You should call for help if you are unable to ensure the safety of the passengers.
You should also keep in mind that you should not change the tire of your car when the passengers are in the car.
To change a car tire on the road you must have a spare tire in good condition and properly inflated as well as a rust-free car jack in properly working condition. If you do not have these things in proper condition even then you should call for help.