How to change a tyre

Being stranded on the side of the road with a flat tyre is no one’s idea of a good time. Thankfully, changing a tyre by yourself isn’t as hard as you might think…provided you have the right tools of hand.


  1. Find a flat, safe location to park your car, even if that means you need to continue driving (slowly and with your hazard lights on of course) for a few kilometers.
  2. Take out your spare tyre, wrench and jack (this is where preparation comes into play). Place the jack under the frame near the tyre that you are going to change. Ensure the jack is in contact with the metal portion of your car’s frame; the optimum spot can differ car to car, so if you are unsure exactly where this point is, consult your car’s manual.
  3. Raise the jack so it is supporting the car without actually lifting it up from the road.
  4. Now it’s time to use your trusty wrench: remove your hubcap and loosen (but do not remove) the lug nuts by turning them counterclockwise.
  5. Go back to your jack, and continue to raise the car until the tyre is off the ground. You can now remove the nuts entirely.
  6. The time has now come to remove the tyre. Place the flat tyre under the car once off so that if the jack happens to fail, the car will fall on the tyre.
  7. Put your spare tyre in place, being careful to properly align the rim of the tyre with the wheel bolts, and replace the lug nuts, tightening by hand.
  8. Use the jack to lower the car back only the ground, but without applying full weight on the tyre. Employ the wrench again to tighten nuts as much as possible.
  9. Lower the car all the way back to the ground, and give the lug nuts another go with the wrench to ensure they are completely screwed in. Replace the hubcap.
  10. Put your tools and flat tyre in your boot and away you go! Best head to a mechanic asap though to either have your tyre repaired (if possible) or to buy a new one. It’s important you always have a functioning spare ready to go.