Can you change a tyre?

flat tyreAlready 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!


flat tyre and towel


5 responses to “Can you change a tyre?

  1. Of course!

    However I have found on more than 1 occasion that I simply could not undo the bolts, even when standing and jumping on the wheel brace. In that scenario it’s back to roadside assistance.

  2. My Dad taught me to change a tyre when I first got my learners licence…30 years ago, along with checking the oil, radiator water levels etc, it was part of the being able to drive ritual! Just a few months ago our Pajero had a flat tyre at home, so after removing the car fridge to get to the necessary tools underneath, then unbolting all the covers and restraints holding in the spare tyre, I was then ready to tackle the flat tyre, but alas, I found I could not undo the bolts either as they had been done up by one of those electric do-er-uppers at the tyre centre and no amount of jumping on the wheel wrench was going to budge it. Luckily a bit of manpower came along in the form of my husband and our employee and with a bit of pipe extension added to the wrench and their combined weight, they managed to loosen the nuts and finished the job for me. Thankfully I wasn’t in a rush to get to an appointment!

  3. Not a clue, but I also don’t have the upper body strength to pull the spare tire up and out of the trunk. (I have wimpy hands and wrists — I have never been able to get the coolant cap off by myself, even with tools!) I also lack the confidence in my mechanical ability to make sure I’ve safely put everything back the way it ought, or even to safely jack up the car. I do, however, have AAA (roadside assistance), a cell phone with car charger, and a big accordion-folded cardboard thing that says, “Call police.” I consider myself massively independent, but I know my own strengths and weaknesses, and wouldn’t risk the safety of myself or all those nice strangers zooming by me at 70 miles an hour to try to do it myself.

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