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How to Change a Flat Tire

Have you ever experienced a flat tire while driving on the road? Many drivers are not correctly equipped with the knowledge or equipment needed to change tires correctly and safely.

What can cause a flat tire?

There are several reasons why you may experience a flat tire when on the road. One reason could be that you have driven over a nail or sharp object that has punctured your tire and then has caused it to slowly or rapidly lose air pressure. Another factor could be that your tires are overdue to be replaced and are in such bad condition that the inner or outer wall has disengaged and come apart.

What equipment will you need to change a tire?

You will need the following:

– A jack

– A Lug wrench

– Torch

– Safety High Visibility Vest

– Fully inflated spare tire

How To Change A Tire

1- Safety

If possible, find a safe location to pull over. Find a location that has a considerable distance between you and other road users and that is adequately lit. Put on your High Visibility Vest so you can be easily seen. Ensure that you have placed your vehicle’s hazard warning lights on and applied the handbrake.

2- Get Ready

Get your spare tire out and ready to be used. Grab all the tools you will need to correctly and safely change your tire.

3- Loosen Lug Nuts

Use your lug wrench and begin to loosen the lug nuts on the tire. You just want to loosen them and not take them all the way off just yet.

4- Jack Your Vehicle

Grab your jack and place it under your vehicle’s closest jack point near the tire you are changing. Begin to slowly jack up your vehicle until you have around 10 cm of height between the ground and the tire you are changing.

5- Remove Lug Nuts

You can now completely unscrew and remove the lug nuts of the tire.

6- Remove The Tire

Remove the tire off the vehicle that needs replacing. You will do this by gently pulling the tire towards you until it has come off your vehicle.

7- Place On A New Tire

It’s time to use the spare tire that is fully inflated, First get the tire and place it on the vehicle.

8- Tighten Lug Nuts

Tighten the lug nuts on the new tire. Ensure to only do them hand tight.

9- Lower Vehicle

Lower your vehicle until it is back on the ground safely and free from the jack. lvinar dapibus leo.

10- Tighten lug nuts to secure

You can now tighten the lug nuts on the tire with the wrench. You can do this until you can no longer tighten them any further.

11- Final Inspection

Perform an inspection of the new tire. You want to ensure that all lug nuts are correctly positioned and tight.

12- Replace Equipment

Place your tools back in your vehicle and ready to be used for future use.

If you have a puncture in your tire, head over to an Express Lube outlet where our team will be able to assist you and get you back on the road.

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