How to change car wheels

No matter how good your car tyres are, there’s going to be time when you get one that goes flat. It can happen for any number of reasons and at any time, so is always wise to be prepared and ensure you car’s trunk has a spare tyre, and importantly, the correct tools to change over the wheel.

A flat tyre is always a terrible inconvenience, but if you have breakdown cover either via your insurance policy or with an independent provider, it’s not quite so bad. You can make a call and wait for them to turn up and replace the wheel for you.   We recommend you get a suitable Wheel & Tyre Package to ensure your tyres won’t have any issues staying inflated.

However, if you don’t have breakdown cover and you get a flat tyre, you either have to pay out to get someone to come and change the tyre for you, or you do it yourself. It can seem a bit daunting, but all cars come with a spare wheel and the equipment needed to change the tyre, so it can be done. However, you have to learn How to change car wheels

Firstly, as soon as you know you have a problem with a tyre you need to take your foot off the gas pedal. Then you need to coast as best as possible to a suitable place to stop. The longer you travel on a flat tyre, the more damage you are doing to the metal rim and replacing it can be excessively expensive. Always do your best to stop on a stable flat surface, as you need to jack up the car.

Remove the hub cap ,Slightly loosen the nuts holding the wheel in place. You need to do this before jacking up the car. Now place the jack under the car; the position you need to place it varies, so refer to your manual. Wind the jack until the wheel is just slightly above the ground and you can turn it freely.

Remove the nuts and lift the wheel away from the car. Put the replacement wheel onto the bolts. Replace the nuts and do them up finger tight. Now lower the jack and then remove it from under the car. Use a wrench and tighten the nuts as much as possible. You are now able to continue your journey.

It’s important that you get to a garage or tyre store as soon as you can following the change of tyre. Firstly, you need to get the flat tyre replaced or repaired and secondly, you need to get someone to check the torque on the wheel nuts. Wheel nuts must be tightened to a specific torque and you need a torque wrench or similar device to do this properly.