Here is what to do if you have a flat tyre or need to change a tyre for any reason
- Take out your jack and wheel-nut spanner and spare tyre (or alloys) from either the boot floor, or under the hood, depending on where it is stored.
- Find the jacking points under your car, there will be one for each wheel, and position your jack below them.
- Start winding the jack until it just touches the bottom of the car, then carry on slowly and only until the car's weight is off the wheels, but not so much that the tyre is off the ground.
- Remove any hub-caps if fitted. Take the spanner and loosen each nut on the wheels for 1 - 1.5 turns of the spanner. We only want to loosen them slightly, and not take them off at this point.
- With the wheel nuts loosened, Jack the car up further until the wheel is clear of the ground.
- Use the spanner and remove the nuts from the wheel. It is advisable to do opposite nuts, and not just go round in a circle.
- Now you can remove the old wheel and put the new one back on.
- Replace the nuts, with the rounded end towards the wheel, and tighten by hand as much as you can. Then use the spanner to tighten slightly more. We still want the nuts a bit loose.
- Wind down the jack until the tyre is just touching the ground and can't move.
- Tighten the nuts with the spanner as much as you can. You don't want them falling off, or the wheel will fall off as well!
- Wind the jack down so that you can remove it from underneath the car and stash it away.