One of the most common problems that occur while driving a car is a puncture! A little nail in rubber can cause a lot of hassle. Be it a normal tyre or a tubeless one, it isn't possible to drive with a punctured tyre because it will damage the vehicle rims and also potentially cause accidents.
Although taking it to a shop that fix punctures may seem like the easiest solution, they are not everywhere. Replacing a punctured tyre yourself is the best way.
In a situation like this, many just don't realize that the car is equipped with everything needed to change a tyre, including a spare wheel. Even if people realize that, many just don't want to do it because they are not prepared to or don't know how it is done.
In this article, we show you step-by-step how a punctured tyre can be changed, in just a matter of 15 minutes and how easy changing a tyre really is.
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Once you have realised you have a puncture, please pull over slowly towards the side of the road. Put on the hazard warning lights of the car to let people around you and passing traffic know there is a problem.
Find flat, solid ground, away from the road if possible, park the vehicle in gear, pull the handbrake so the vehicle does not roll away when it is jacked up.
In the boot of the car, all the necessary tools needed to change the tyre are available. The first thing to do is pull out the tools (wheel spanner, jack, jack handle), the spare wheel and also take out the car emergency breakdown safety triangle and place it two or three metres from the car to warn oncoming traffic.
Take out the driver's side floor mat from the inside so that you dont dirty your clothes while getting down. Loosen the wheel nuts (diagonally opposite ones) of the vehicle while the tyres are still on the ground. Do not loosen them too much. Just a couple turns each would do.
Now, place the jack at the right location. Refer the vehicle's owners manual to find out where exactly the jack needs to be placed because different vehicles have different lift points.
Once the lift point is located, slowly jack up the vehicle to ensure the jack is secure and safe. Jack it up till there is approximately two inches space between the punctured tyre and the ground.This is because the spare wheel will be higher than the punctured wheel because it has air in it.
Now loosen the wheel nuts fully and keep them together. They have a tendency to roll away.
Now take off the tyre and replace it with the spare wheel provided. Put back the wheel nuts and tighten it, but keep in mind not to lock them. The vehicle could slip off the jack and land hard.
Once they are tightened by hand, lower the jack and ensure all wheels are on the ground. Pull the jack away and lock the wheel nuts properly. Ensure all the wheel nuts are tight and secure.
Put away the punctured wheel and all the tools back in the boot. Make sure the car emergency breakdown triangle is also taken and put away in the car.
If you follow these 10 simple steps, changing a punctured tyre should be a breeze. Getting your hands a little dirty will save you precious time and money, and, not to mention, give you a sense of achievement too!
NOTE: The wheel spanner will fit as long as the vehicle has the original wheels that were supplied by the company. If vehicles have upgraded aftermarket wheels, please ensure to check if the wheel spanner fits before leaving the dealer.