If ever you are driving and you find that you have a flat tyre, CMH Toyota Umhlanga has ten easy you need in order to change your tyre.
Step 1- Pull over in a safe spot
Find a quiet and safe spot for you to pull over. The ground should be flat to prevent your car from rolling away. Try to find a spot that is on a straight road so that cars are able to see you. If it is dark, try to find a spot where there are lights.
Step 2- Put on your hazard lights
Once you have found your safe spot to pull over, you must turn on your hazard lights so that oncoming traffic can see that there is a problem and you may require assistance.
Step 3- Check for tools
The three main items you will need are a jack, a spare wheel and tyre and a wrench. These three things can all be located in your car just in case a flat tyre occurs.
Step 4- Loosen the Lug Nuts
Using the wrench, loosen all the Lug Nuts on the wheel by turning the wrench in an anticlockwise direction, but do not loosen them all the way. Do this to all of the nuts and leave them loose enough to loosen by hand.
Step 5- Lift your vehicle off the ground
Place the jack onto the metal frame of the vehicle and make sure it is not touching any of the car’s plastic mouldings. Once the jack is secured, slowly start too raise the car off the ground so that the wheel is able to come off without touching the ground.
Step 6- Remove Lug nuts and tyre
Once the vehicle is raised high enough off the ground, remove the Lug nuts and take the tyre off the frame. Make sure you keep all of the nuts in a safe place.
Step 7- Place the spare tyre on the frame
With the spare wheel, line up the holes on the wheel with the lug nut posts and place the tyre on to the posts. Push the wheel as far back as it can go.
Step 8- Replace the Lug nuts
Place all of the Lug nuts back onto the posts and tighten them with your hands. Do not tighten them all the way because it is vital to tighten the Lug nuts in a way in which the tyre is kept even.
Step 9- Lower your vehicle and tighten the nuts
Slowly lower your vehicle to the point where the wheel is just touching the ground. Number all of your nuts from 1 through to 5 and then tighten them in the order 1,3,5,2,4,1,3,5,2,4. This is to keep your tyre straight and even.
Step 10- Lower your vehicle fully and finish tightening
Lower your vehicle onto the ground and put the jack away. Using the wrench, tighten your nuts once more in the same pattern until they do not budge.
Make sure you come down and visit us at CMH Toyota Umhlanga, 1 Wilton Crescent, Umhlanga Ridge or contact us on 031 580 4000. We have friendly staff who are waiting to assist you.