Bmag’s how-to guide for changing a flat tyre
Changing a flat tyre may be a simple task, but as I found recently if untaught the task can seem extremely daunting. So there’s no surprise that if and when I puncture a tyre, my first step would probably be to call for help, either from family, friends or roadside assistance.
And I’m not alone! RACQ this year has received almost 50,000 calls for assistance to motorists left stranded by flat tyres.
Obviously a flat tyre is not ideal, and even though we all try avoiding problem areas and potholes on our roads, it will inevitable happen.
For when it does, remember this quick how-to guide:
1. Make sure you have pulled over in a safe and preferably flat area, making sure the handbrake is on. You may want to turn your hazard lights on to indicate the hazard to passing motorists.
2. Remove your spare tyre, jack and wheel brace/spanner.
3. It’s best to locate where the jack goes first, to avoid damage to the car or risks to your safety. You can check the car’s handbook for correct jacking locations.
4. Begin loosening all the nuts on the flat tyre using the wheel brace. You might have to exert a lot of force or give it a kick if they are extra tight.
5. Once they are loose, jack the car up so the tyre is off the ground.
6. Remove the nuts with your fingers and pull out the flat tyre. Always be cautious when lifting.
7. Lift the spare wheel into place and onto the bolt, replacing the wheel nuts by hand. Tighten lightly with the wheel brace but do not fully tighten until the jack has been released.
8. Lower the car and tighten the nuts in a criss-cross pattern until they are all tight.
9. Place the flat tyre, jack and wheel brace into the boot.
10. Keep in mind that spares do not generally have the same wear life as regular tyres, so you may want to arrange a new one.
For those who are visual learners, RACQ has recently released a YouTube how-to video for Queensland motorists.