To new and experienced drivers, getting a flat tyre is among the unpleasant situations to encounter on the road. Have you ever been stuck in a situation like this? If so, this article will give you some insights to help you the next time you encounter a flat tyre.
1. Once you get a flat tyre, find a safe spot and park your car. Stay clear of oncoming traffic and ensure the hazard lights are on to warn other motorists. Place warning triangles at a safe distance from your car to alert other motorists of an obstruction.
2. After everyone is out of the car, place wheel chocks on the wheels to prevent the car from rolling as you jack up. You can use a stone or wood in place of wheel chocks. Wheel chocks are positioned on the opposite wheel to the one with a puncture i.e if your front left wheel needs to be changed, place the wheel chock at the back right wheel.
3. Slightly loosen the punctured wheel nuts using a wrench (or any other loosening tool) while the car is on the ground as it is easier and safe. While loosening the nuts, ensure you do so in a diagonal manner as illustrated in the photo below. This helps to prevent misalignment of the wheel thereafter.
Tyre Nuts opening sequence
4. Jack up the car with the jack placed at the side close to the punctured wheel. You can also opt to place the jack on a piece of wood to increase its stability as you lift the car.
5. Fully loosen and remove the wheel nuts then gently pull the tyre from its position until it comes out.
6. Mount the spare tyre onto the wheel slots. Use your hands to place and tighten the nuts to the wheel when the car is still raised.
7. Lower your car and tighten the bolts using a wrench. While tightening, also do so in a diagonal manner. Remove the jack and check if the wheel nuts are tight enough, once done you’re set to embark on your journey.