A car breakdown can be quite annoying and frustrating, especially if it is caused by a puncture. So, you are driving and suddenly you notice that one of your tyres is out for the very first time. What do you do? Don’t panic. Below is a step by step guide to help you out.
- Safety first: Make sure you get your car to the safest place first. Don’t just stop or turn immediately you get a flat tyre. Try moving your vehicle somewhere that you can get some working space.
- Get your tools: Once the hazard is on and you’ve placed your wheel wedges, get the necessary items out. That is, the spare tyre, car jack and spanner.
- Find the jack spot: Since you are doing this for the first time, it is best to use your car manual to identify the jack spot. Placing the jack at the wrong point could end up ruining some important component on the underside of your car.
- Raise your car: Have you located the spot? Use the car jack to slowly raise your vehicle. Take your time.
- Take off the wheel cover: You can do this before or after you raise your car. You need to remove the wheel cover using your wheel brace. It shouldn’t be too difficult.
- Remove the flat tyre: With the help of your spanner, remove the tyre screws. You want to loosen them evenly first. After you are done with unscrewing, slowly lift and pull out the affected tyre.
- Replace: Take the spare tyre and fit it in place. Ensure that the rim is well aligned with the lug bolts. Confirmed? Tighten the screws using your hand.
- Lower the car: Make sure you do this slowly using your car jack to avoid hurting yourself or damaging the vehicle from a sudden drop.
- Retighten screws: Using your lug wrench, retighten the wheel screws properly.
- Collect your stuff: Remember to pack your things immediately you are done. So far, you have the flat tyre, wheel cover jack and spanner.
With the above instructions, repairing a punctured tyre should be walk in the park from now. As a car owner, always remember to have a spare tyre, car jack and spanner with you every time you drive.