Changing a tyre is a fundamental skill that every driver should possess. Whether you’re spending time driving around Forster, or out on a remote country road, the ability to change a tyre quickly and safely can save the day.
At Great Lakes Auto Centre, we believe in empowering our customers with the knowledge they need to handle unexpected tyre situations confidently. Let’s walk through the steps of changing a tyre, ensuring you’re never left stranded.
Getting to Know Your Vehicle
Prior to starting the tyre-changing process, it’s best to acquaint yourself with the particulars of your vehicle. A handful of critical details, which are typically outlined in your vehicle’s owner’s manual, should be at your fingertips. These crucial pieces of information include:
- Designated lifting spots for the jack.
- The appropriate jack type for your vehicle.
- The ideal tyre pressure for your vehicle.
Be Prepared for a Car Tyre Change
Before you find yourself in a pinch, make sure your vehicle is properly equipped. At Great Lakes Auto Centre, we recommend always carrying the following essentials:
- A fully inflated spare tyre
- A sturdy jack that can handle your vehicle’s weight
- A wheel brace or lug wrench to effectively loosen and then securely tighten the wheel nuts
- Wheel chocks or solid pieces of wood to prevent the vehicle from rolling
- Reflective warning triangles or lights for visibility, especially important for those late-night tyre changes
Pro Tip: Keep a waterproof mat or a sturdy piece of cardboard in your trunk. It’ll make the process more comfortable, especially if you’re changing the tyre on wet or muddy ground.
Always Put Safety First
The safety of you, your passengers and other road users is paramount. If you encounter a flat tyre:
- Gradually slow down and steer your vehicle to a safe, level area away from traffic.
- Turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers.
- Engage the parking brake and position wheel chocks beneath the tyres on the opposite side.
Remember, if you’re on a busy freeway and feel unsafe changing the tyre, it’s best to call roadside assist.
You Have a Flat Tyre – What Should You Do?
With safety measures in place, you’re ready to change the tyre.
- Loosen the Wheel Nuts: Before lifting the vehicle, loosen each nut a turn or two but don’t remove them completely yet.
- Lift the Vehicle: Use the jack to raise the vehicle. The correct lifting point is usually indicated in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Lift the car until the flat tyre is off the ground.
- Remove the Flat Tyre: Completely unscrew the nuts and gently remove the flat tyre.
- Install the Spare Tyre: Align the spare tyre with the wheel studs and secure it by hand-tightening the nuts.
- Lower the Vehicle and Secure the Tyre: Lower the vehicle back to the ground and tighten the wheel nuts securely using a criss-cross pattern.
Post Tyre Change
After changing the tyre:
- Check the New Tyre’s Pressure: Ensure it meets the recommended pressure.
- Pack Up: Place the flat tyre and your tools back in your vehicle securely.
- Recheck the Wheel Nuts: After driving for about 10–20 kilometres, it’s wise to stop and re-tighten the wheel nuts to ensure they’re secure.
Great Lakes Auto Centre – Your Solution for Wheels and Tyres
Changing a tyre might seem daunting at first, but with the right tools and knowledge, it’s a task anyone can handle. If you’re unsure about any step of the process or need professional assistance, Great Lakes Auto Centre in Forster is at your service. We specialise in a range of services, including providing the best tyre and wheel alignment service in the area.
Remember, a well-maintained vehicle is a safer one. Regular checks and maintenance at Great Lakes Auto Centre can prevent issues before they arise, ensuring your time on the road is smooth and secure. To schedule your service or for any queries, reach out to us on (02) 6590 1375 or fill out our contact form today.