Quick Guide on How to Change Your Tires
Changing your tires quickly and safely is a vital skill that any motorist should have. In the long term, it’s beneficial to call in the experts at our dealership for flat tire replacement and other specialist advice.
Follow the steps ahead for our guide to safely changing your tires and checking for adequate tread.
1. The first things to do are to secure the car and the area around it and make other road users aware of your presence. Get the vehicle to a flat, stable place away from traffic. Then turn on your hazard lights and set the parking brake. Place large heavy objects such as bricks, rocks, or wheel chocks in front of and behind the rear wheels.
2. Next, put the jack under the car on the side of the flat tire that needs replacement. Make sure the jack is beneath the metal frame and not the plastic fascia. Raise it until it can support the weight of the car but doesn’t lift it.
3. Remove the hubcap carefully to avoid damaging the tabs that connect it to the wheel, and then loosen the nuts. Raise the car a little more until the tire is off the ground. Then remove the nuts and the tire. Place the spare tire on the hub, being careful to align the bolt holes and hand tighten the bolts until they don’t turn anymore.
4. Lower the car until the tire just rests on the ground. Then tighten the nuts with as much force as you can before lowering the vehicle until it’s on the floor. Remove the jack. Tighten the nuts again and replace the hubcap.
5. Finally, put the jack and old tire back in their storage space. Then we strongly recommend that you make an appointment to have your tire inspected and repaired or replaced.
The procedure may vary if you are replacing non-standard road tires, such as winter tires, snow tires or oversized tires. If you need to change a tire in unsafe conditions or without the appropriate equipment, remain in your vehicle and contact roadside assistance.
How to Do a Tire Tread Test?
Ensuring the appropriate tire size, monitoring correct air pressure with a tire pressure gauge, and regularly undertaking a tire tread test are the best ways to keep your tires in top condition. The simple tire penny test is the easiest way to gauge the tire depth and check for excess wear. Put the coin in the tread with Abe’s head the wrong way up and facing towards you. If his scalp is visible, the tires are too shallow and are not roadworthy.
To find out more, contact our service department or visit us in store and check out our inventory of the latest vehicles.