If you own a car, you must know the problem of flat tyres. It can happen to anyone, at any place, at any time. Well, most of us are like, we know a guy who knows a guy, who is fit  for this particular kind of job. Like if our sink is leaking, we know whom to call or if our car is not starting, we know the number of roadside assistance services. But what if your car flats in a middle of nowhere and you have to wait for hours just so a guy can come and replace it in no time. Don’t you want to know how easy and cheap it is to replace your flat tyre? Follow these steps and save that cash.

Step 1

Find a suitable flat ground, away from road and coming traffic. It takes on genius to figure out that for changing your punctured tyre, you need to park your vehicle, a bit far from busy road. Also, the ground should be hard and flat so that the jack which lifts your car, doesn’t slips. On more precautionary thing to do is to turn on your emergency flashers (hazard lights).

Step 2

Apply the parking brake and engage the reverse gear.  This will ensure that the car does not move or slip when we are removing the punctured wheel. Also place wood log or small brick in front of front and rear tyres. Take out your spare tyre, jack, jack handle and wheel spanner from the boot

Step 3

Use the wrench to loosen the lug nuts. You may need to remove the wheel cap/hubcap. Don’t remove the lug nuts at this point; simply loosen them by turning the wrench to the left (counter-clockwise). Also it should be noted that whenever you loosen/tighten a wheel, the nuts should be loosened/tightened in a diagonal fashion. You always work on the wheel nut opposite to the one you were working on and never on the one next to it

If the lug nuts are really tight, try placing the wrench on the nut and standing on the wrench arm to use your full weight on it. You can also try hitting the wrench arm with a rock. But remember, this should be done before you position the jack to raise the car. You should not under any circumstances raise the car first & loosen the wheel nuts later.

Step 4

Put the jack under the frame near the flat tyre. Remember, the jack should be in the contact with metal portion and not on the plastic portion. If you can’t find the right place, read your owner’s manual. Once you put the jack at right place, start raising it with the help of jack handle by moving it in clockwise direction. Jack up the car until the tire is about 6 inches off the ground.

Step 5

Remove the already loosened bolts and pile them securely in a corner. Pull the tyre straight toward yourself to remove it from the wheel base. Now place the spare tyre by lining up with the bolts and holes. Put on the lug nuts but don’t screw them tightly. Lower the car to the ground with the help of jack by moving it anti-clockwise. Once the car on ground, you can start tightening the nuts diagonally. Rather than tightening them one by one in order, start with one lug nut, tighten it about 50%, move to the opposite nut (across the circle) and tighten that one about the same amount. Keep tightening opposite lug nuts gradually in turn until each lug nut is as tight as it can be.

Step 6

Put your flat tire and tools back in your trunk. Make sure you don’t leave anything on the side of the road. Remember to take your flat tyre to mechanic for repair.

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