Change Doesn't Have To Be Stressful

Like the surprisingly simple 'How-to' blog posts we've already posted, changing your tyre can see daunting if you're on the motorway at 3am with two screaming children in the back, but following these simple steps and you’ll be back on the road in no time at all.

What you'll need

  • Car Jack
  • Wheel Nut Wrench
  • Spare Wheel
  • Heavy Duty Gloves

Pull over Safely

Your car will lean or you may hear an unusual dragging sound, the first thing to do is pop your hazard warning lights on, this will indicate to any drivers around you to be more cautious if they’re approaching you. Try to park in flat, stable and safe place.

Staying Stationary and Safe

Safety is key: Apply the parking brake, wear a reflective jacket and put out red warning triangles (usually found in the boot, they should be around 45 metres away from your vehicle).

Loosen the nuts

You’ll find nuts around center of the wheel; these secure the wheel to the car. To change your wheel, you’ll need to lift the car off the ground slightly. To do this, use a jack: refer to your car owner’s manual for information on your cars jacking point. Rotate the jacks handle until the car wheel is no more than a few centimetres off the ground. Using a wheel nut wrench cautiously undo the nuts one at a time, be careful not to injure yourself: they could be tight.

Out with the Old

Once you have fully undone the nuts, left you wheel off: it will be heavy so use caution. Take your spare wheel and attach in the same place as the old. Once on, screw on the nuts finger-tight and lower your car on to the ground using the jack. Tighten them fully to ensure they’re secure. To be extra sure (in-which you should) check the nuts for tightness after around 30 miles of driving to make sure they’re still tight.

If you have any issues with your vehicle or just want it checked to be on the safe side be sure to pop into a RRG branch close to you for ease of mind.

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