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How to Change a Flat Tyre on the Roadside

Health & safety Before you change the tyre of your vehicle please ensure that you aren’t on soft, loose or uneven ground. If you find yourself in such a situation, then call emergency services. All the passengers must be far away from the car and the road. Before attempting any work on your car read the vehicle handbook, it will provide useful information about how equipment like the jack and where to use it.

Remember: do not work beneath a car raised on a jack.

Changing the tyre

1.      Turn your engine off and turn the hazard lights on

2.      Use your handbrake and put the car in first gear or ‘P’ if you drive an automatic car

3.      Place a chock diagonally opposite to the tyre you’re changing

4.      Remove your spare tyre. It should be located in the boot well or carrier

5.      Remove your wheel trim if it is fitted

6.      Use the jack in the closest lifting point to the tyre you’re changing (you will find this information in your vehicle handbook)

7.      Engage the jack head (you’ll see how in your handbook), lift until the vehicle is on the jack springs

8.      Loosen the wheel nuts using a wheel wrench

9.      Remember to straighten your back and distribute your body weight evenly in order to keep your balance when the nut is loosened

10.  Raise the jack until the tyre is no longer on the ground

11.  Remove the wheel nuts, leaving the top one until the end so you can lift the tyre away with both hands

12.  Secure the new tyre by loosely refitting the top wheel nut first

13.  Tighten the other wheel nuts by hand, in stages and in a diagonal sequence

14.  Lower the jack so the tyre is just touching the ground and won’t turn

15.  Again, in a diagonal sequence, tighten the wheel nuts with a wheel wrench

16.  Put the damaged tyre in the boot well/ carrier


Professional checks

Make sure to get your vehicle checked out by a garage or dealer. There they can confirm whether the pressure in the spare tyre is correct, tighten the wheel nuts properly, replace or repair the damaged tyre so you have another spare in the vehicle. 

At Express Service, we offer vehicle servicing. If you need yours checked after a flat tyre or for another issue, book a service now.

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Published: 13/05/2016
Author: Express Service

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