9 things that make changing a tyre much, much easier

1. Know your jack.

You don’t want to wait until you have a flat to figure out the jack. It only takes about five minutes to put one together, so spend some prep time one it one afternoon. You’ll be glad you did if you have a blowout on a dark, rainy night.

2. Make sure the temporary spare is in good shape.

2. Make sure the temporary spare is in good shape.

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The best way to do this is to make it a routine when you check your tyre pressure. On modern cars, you’ll know you have tyre-pressure issues because the car will alert you, via a warning light. So when you investigate that problem, take a few extra minutes to check out your temporary spare.

3. Prevent the flat in the first place.

3. Prevent the flat in the first place.

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Speaking of checking your tyre pressure, if you do it once a month or so, you’ll always know if your tyres are in decent shape, not under- or over-inflated.

It’s also a good practice to monitor wear and tear on your tyres. Have a look at the condition of the tread. If it looks bad or uneven, you might need to replace a tyre or tyres. But you also might need to rotate or realign your tires to even out the wear.

4. Keep an eye on the road.

4. Keep an eye on the road.

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5. Be prepared for the flat when it happens.

5. Be prepared for the flat when it happens.

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6. Insure your tyres.

6. Insure your tires.

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A lot of times, the flat is caused by something on the tyre that can be fixed.

7. Know when to call in the pros.

7. Know when to call in the pros.

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There are times when it’s kinda hazardous to change a tyre on your own. For example, in the middle of the night on a rainy, busy highway.

It’s time like these that you want to sit tight in you car — once you get it to a relatively safe spot on the shoulder — and call in the cavalry.

 

Make sure you have a recovery plan!

8. Make sure you actually have a spare tyre.

8. Make sure you actually have a spare tire.

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A lot of new cars don’t have a spare — not even a temporary one. Rather, they have a sort of advanced patch kit, consisting of sealant and an inflator.

The idea is that you don’t need to change your tire if help is just a smartphone call away.

Additionally, automakers are going to be subject to higher fuel-economy standards in the next few years — so ditching the spare tire also means reducing weight, which raises MPGs.

It’s a good idea to know whether your car even has a spare — don’t make an assumption! Check!

9. Know your limits

Changing a tyre is actually rather physically demanding. You have to put some muscle behind getting the lug nuts off, cranking the jack, and then you have to bend down and lift the tire.

Often, folks will try to do all this is a hurry to get on their way, but that’s a mistake. You could injure yourself. So play it cool and take your time.

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