Logbook Loans Tips – How to Changing a Car Tyre

Learn how to change a car tyre from our logbook loans tips series…

You’re cruising merrily along in your car. Sure, the clouds look menacingly dark, but you’re comfortable in your heated car. The radio is playing your favourite song and you’re singing along pitch-perfectly to every note – or at least you think you are.

Suddenly you notice that your steering wheel seems to be pulling to one side, or you hit a stray rock that you didn’t see at all.

Oh no, you think. Just what I need, a flat tyre. Before you start to panic, you remember that actually, because I read Logbook Loans’ handy guide to changing a tyre, I will have my spare on in no time, and I’ll be back on the road before the next song finishes!

Take your time to read our step-by-step guide and you will be equipped to deal with the unforeseen circumstance like the one seen above. If you don’t read our guide, you better hope that there’s a good Samaritan driving by as you stare blankly at your flat tyre.

Please be aware that the following is a general guide to changing a car tyre. Some modern cars do not have spare tyres and have a special type of glue which you must inject into a flat tyre. However, our guide is for the average, everyday driver and their car.

1. Think safety
First and foremost, consider your safety, and that of other motorists. You need to pull into a safe lay-by and turn your hazards on immediately. It may be worth investing in a reflective emergency sign to place beside your car if your car doesn’t already have one.

2. You can’t get by without tools
Next, you have to search for the appropriate tools. Your car boot should stock all the necessary tools. Again, it is worth checking for these tools, such as a wrench and a jack, before you set out on a journey.

3. Now, some elbow grease!
Now comes the physical bit, which shouldn’t be too bad at all if you’ve the right tools.

  • First, loosen the lug nuts somewhat, but not fully, on your tyre using a wrench. If your car has hubcaps you will need to remove these. Also, some cars have one anti-theft lug nut, which has a specific loosening tool. You will find this in your car, more than likely in the glove compartment. If you’re unsure, consult your car’s manual.
  • Insert the jack – whose placement is different for each car; consult your car’s manual for the location – and raise the car.
  • Next, loosen the lug nuts fully and remove the tyre from the car.
  • Place the spare tyre on, aligning the holes with the bolts.
  • Tighten the lug nuts somewhat, but not fully, using the wrench.
  • Lower the car using the jack.
  • Tighten the lug nuts fully. You may want to kick down on the wrench to ensure the nuts are completely secured.
  • Voila! You now have a spare tyre on your car and you’re ready to drive away before that cloud opens up on top of you.

It’s always a good idea to check in with a garage where they can ensure you’ve done everything properly. And remember, you are now driving with a spare so you probably need to purchase a brand new tyre.

New tyres can be an expense, and if you’re looking for some quick cash in order to invest in a new tyre, you can always consider a loan. You’ve just worked for your car by changing its tyre, why not make it work for you by taking out one of our logbook loans.