How to change a tyre correctly

Moreover some motorists may even feel overawed about the prospect of trying to change the tyre themselves if they don’t consider themselves knowledgeable about cars.

At the same time though, you might prefer it if you didn’t have to ask for help if on one of your car tyres goes wrong.

Happily the actual process of changing a tyre on a car is actually pretty straightforward, nearly anyone can do it. All you need are the right tools and some simple but effective preparation.

You’ll need a spare tyre, a car jack and a suitable wrench (which should come standard with the car) for this task. If you don’t already have this equipment at your disposal, then you should easily be able to purchase these items at a garage repair shop or online.

Here to show you step by step is our guide on how to change a tyre.

Setting things up

Before even attempting to change a tyre on your car, you should place your vehicle in a good spot if possible. Have the car parked on a solid, level surface with the handbrake on. This will reduce the possible risk of it rolling.

If you’re changing the tyre by a road, try to park the vehicle as far away from traffic as possible and activate the car’s hazard light if necessary.

Needless to say, its best you avoid trying to change a tyre when your car is on a hill or soft terrain.

Removing the original tyre

When the car is in position, it’s time to get out the equipment. First take your car jack and place it underneath the metal portion of the car’s frame. It needs to be situated so that it is firmly in place against the underside of the car.

Bear in mind that many cars have plastic moulding surrounding the bottom. If your jack is not in the correct place for lifting then it could potentially crack the car’s plastic.

If you are unsure of the best place to put the jack under the car, read the owner’s manual for your vehicle.

With the jack correctly in place raise it until it is supporting the car but not to the point it is actually lifting the vehicle.

From this point use the wrench to loosen the nuts and remove the hub cap by turning counterclockwise. The cap and nuts should be clearly visible just from observing the exterior of the wheel you’re working on.

You don’t need to remove the wheel nuts completely, just loosen them to point where you’ll be able to remove them with your hands later.

Once all of this is done, pump/crank the jack so that it lifts the car up to the point when the tyre you’re working on is off the ground. If you notice any instability or leaning when the car is being raised, lower the jack and reposition it to its correct point.

With the tyre off the ground, remove the wheel nuts by turning them with your hand counter clockwise until they become loose. With the nuts removed, next you can carefully remove the tyre from its position on the hub of the vehicle.

Inserting the new tyre

Place your new/spare tyre in the now empty hub of your car. Take your time to position it so that it aligns with the wheel bolts. With this done you should then re-screw the car’s lug nuts, the same nuts removed from the previous, removed tyre. Tighten the wheel nuts with your hands as tight as you can.

Now it’s time to lower the car back down using the jack so that the wheel is touching the ground again, but not to the point that full weight is being applied to it.

Tighten the wheel nuts as much as possible using the wrench and replace the hubcap. After doing this, you should be safe to lower the car to the ground fully and then remove the jack itself away from the vehicle. Place the removed tyre and your tools into the boot of your car, and you should be ready to drive off again.

Other tips

If you’re replacing your tyre with one which is distinctively skinner then a standard tyre for your car, then it is likely a non-standard spare tyre. This is something which comes standard with certain cars in order to reduce the amount of space it takes up in the boot itself.

You should only change your tyre for a non-standard spare in an emergency scenario, such as if the original tyre has a large puncture. In this case use the thinner spare wheel to drive to a repair service as soon as possible.

The non-standard tyre will have far less grip and durability then a standard tyre and its recommended you don’t travel above 50mph when using one on your car.

If you ever require service work on your vehicle’s tyres or any other components, then you can contact Perrys Service for helpful support. You contact either online or by visiting your nearest Perrys Dealership.