Already a tad late for an appointment, I scored a flat tyre.
I love roadside assistance, but I love being in charge even more. Who wants to wait to be rescued?
Sometimes I’m so much more organised than I think. I had thoughtfully placed an old towel on top of my spare tyre, you bloody beauty, because today I was wearing brand new trousers and top. The towel gave me something to kneel on and protect my clothes when hoiking the tyre in and out of the boot. Trust me, it’s dirty work. Thankfully, I also keep hand wipes in the car.
I set to work. Those nuts were on tight! To loosen them, I had to gently balance myself on the wheel brace then do a little hop with both feet using my full body weight! If you’re short on physical strength, leverage what you have!
I don’t recall who taught me how to change a tyre, but this website will give you a comprehensive rundown. One of the commenters mentioned there were no instructions on the order that bolts should be tightened, my memory says every second bolt moving clockwise (you’ll quickly get to them all as there are only five bolts!). And of course, never fully tighten until they all secured. Then do a final last tighten. This is called “interference fit” and its good advice for all construction.
So, my question to you is: can you change a tyre? Do you know how but choose not to? Or, have you never done it before, do you have no clue? I’d love to hear!