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Yep, we admit it, few things give us more grief than a flat tyre, especially when we’re in one heck of a hurry to get somewhere! Here’s the irony though… despite the occasional flat tyre being part and parcel of driving on New Zealand roads, it’s amazing how many otherwise proficient drivers don’t know how to change a tyre! If you’re one of them, think Girl Guide’s motto…

Be Prepared

At the absolute minimum, make sure your car is prepared with the following:

  • A full-size, fully inflated spare tyre
  • A suitable car-jack
  • A lug wrench
  • A tyre gauge

Turn on your hazard lights. This is such a simple precaution to take, yet a vast amount of motorists forget to do it. Occasionally, an oversight like this can end in tragedy.

7 Easy Steps

1. Pull off the road safely; turn off the engine, put on your handbrake and the hazard lights if you’re still in proximity to the traffic flow.

2. Take your jack, lug wrench, spare tyre and owner’s manual over to the flat tyre. Remove the hub cap (use the flat blade on the opposite end of the lug wrench to pry off the cap)

3. Before jacking up the car, loosen the lug nuts by turning the wrench counter clockwise. Unscrew the nuts until they are each loose enough to unscrew by hand. But don’t unscrew them completely.

4. Place your jack under the car (after consulting your owner’s manual for ‘jack placement advice’) and raise the car high enough to give yourself room to remove the flat tyre.

5. Finish unscrewing and remove the lug nuts.

6. Remove your fl at tyre and replace it with the spare one. Put your lug nuts back on and commence screwing them clockwise, turning each one a little bit at a time to make sure they’re going on evenly. Once they’re reasonably tight, lower the car to the ground.

7. Once the car is on the ground again, it’s time to raise a sweat by tightening those lug nuts as much as you can.

So now you know how to change a tyre!  The next time you hear the unmistakable sound of ‘spinning rubber disintegrating beneath your feet’ you can smile in the knowledge that you won’t have to sit in your car (or stand next to it) waiting hours for some kind person to come to your rescue. You’re now fully prepared and equipped to change the tyre yourself.

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  1. Pam says:

    Before you start jacking up the car, place the spare tyre under the car next to where your jacking then if for any reason the jack slips, the spare tyre will take the weight and you won’t damage the underneath of your car. When you take the flat tyre off just do a quick swap of tyres. This is a really good tip if your on uneven ground, gravel or a wet road.

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