Every regular driver must eventually perform the task of changing a wheel. However, many people ignore how easy it is because they don’t know how to do it.
Accidents on the road are unavoidable; sooner or later, one of our car’s tires may go flat while driving, causing us to stop in a secure location and decide whether to change the tire or call for help.
The first choice is typically the fastest, and the reality is that changing a tire is not difficult if you know how to do it properly. There are indeed times when it can be uncomfortable, but for the most part, it’s worth it.
How to change a tire on a car
Any motorist should be able to change a car wheel because the possibility of having to do so is constantly present. No issue! Here’s an easy and efficient method for changing a car’s wheel.
1. Put the car in a secure, stable, and flat location.
This is a crucial first step since the car needs to be placed as far away from traffic as feasible, flat, and firm so that it doesn’t move throughout the entire process. The best course of action is to call for help and not take any chances if this is not possible.
Avoid using the foam puncture protection kit whenever possible.
Turn off the engine and apply the brakes if it is possible to change the wheel, but if the car is on a slope, it may move when the jack is raised. The jack will have to hold a lot of weight on a tiny base if it is placed on dirt or another unstable surface.
If you need to stop on the shoulder, don’t forget to use your reflector vest, warning triangle, or V-16 light beacon to alert drivers to your location.
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2. Lift the automobile after positioning the jack.
Make sure the tools you need are nearby before you begin work. The jack, a wrench, and, if the lug nuts are safety nuts, an adapter must remove from the vehicle.
Once the operation is prepared, the first step is to choose the location for the jack because it is not worth placing it simply anywhere. Although it is also mentioned in the vehicle’s instruction manual, some indicators or recesses are typically in the lower section of the chassis.
The vehicle must be securely parked, and only a small amount of lifting is required to elevate the wheel off the ground (keep in mind that the spare wheel is inflated and occupies a larger diameter).
Just enough wheel nut loosening should be done before moving the car to avoid using excessive force while lifting them. When finished, raise the vehicle just enough so that the spare tire, which is inflated and has a larger diameter, fits and the wheel that needs to be replaced doesn’t contact the ground.
3. Remove the wheel by loosening the screws.
The car is already lifted, and the wheel is in the air. Finish taking off the nuts, remove the used wheel and set it next to the vehicle’s undercarriage (at least half of it).
Using the used wheel asana “emergency jack,” you will prevent harm to the car if the jack malfunctions for any reason.
4. Install the spare wheel, then loosely tighten the bolts.
Attach the spare tire next. To insert the lower studs more easily, resting some of the weight of the wheel on those already in place, pay attention to the position of the bolts before raising it. Try to set the top bolts first.
The nuts need to be slightly tightened after installing the spare wheel.
Tighten the nuts by hand or with a wrench until there is no play in the wheel but do not overtighten.
5. Lower the automobile and use the wrench to finish tightening the bolts.
The automobile can now be lowered. It’s time to tighten the bolts once the wheel is firmly in place and resting on the ground.
It is best to tighten the bolts as far as you can, without fear, as this approach is manual and uses a wrench rather than a gu,n as used in workshops. Of course, ensure the twist is securely in place to prevent it from escaping and giving you a good shock.
All that’s left to do is pack up your gear and head out, but if you have a compressor, it’s wise to ensure the spare tire is inflated to the proper pressure first. If this is not possible, go to a service station to fill the tire with air.
The cookie cutter wheel and the anti-puncture package
It is true that it is currently quite challenging to find a new car with a spare tire in a standard size. The most typical wheel is a cookie cutter-style wheel, which is narrower and has an 80 km/h speed restriction. Or, worse still, an anti-puncture kit, which is regrettably not very helpful.
The replacement process for the cookie wheel is the same as it would for any other wheel; just be sure to ride more slowly and get a new revolution that fits as soon as possible.
A equipment for puncturing rubber wicks is on the left. One of those generic spare tires is on the right.
There are a few things you should be aware of before using puncture ki should you be forced to use one:
The puncture kit could not fix blowouts or holes more significantly than usual, only if the puncture happened in the tread and not the sidewall, such as when caused by a nail or screw.
The wheel is no longer functional after using the puncture kit. You can continue to ride with it until you arrive at your destination (it is advised to go at a maximum speed of 80 km/h during this time, and even for a few more days, but as the foam starts to fall off, you will begin to feel more intense vibrations.
Therefore, avoid using the puncture kit whenever possible. The best action is to contact for assistance so that a rubber wick puncture repair kit can be used to close the hole.
In this manner, your tire will be able to continue accumulating miles for a lot longer, and the tow truck will take care of your issue if the puncture cannot be repaired.