Top tyre changing tips
There are few things more frustrating than a flat tyre, especially if you only discover it in the morning when you've already running late for work.
Top tyre changing tips
There are few things more frustrating than a flat tyre, especially if you only discover it in the morning when you've already running late for work. Here are a few tips to minimise the emotional toil and well as to make the physical act more manageable.
- Be prepared: make it a habit to regularly check your spare tyre and wheel-changing tools. A spare wheel is useless if it is also flat. And if you do get a puncture and fit your spare, get the puncture fixed as soon as possible. It's also pretty hard to change a flat if you left the jack at home!
- Know how: This may seem silly, but practise changing a wheel on your new Toyota before you need to. At least then you will be able to do it quickly when the need arises. You need to know where the tools are, how the jack works, and where you're supposed to put the jack to lift the car. Also remember that if you put bigger wheels on your Hilux or lift the suspension, your jack might not be able to lift the bakkie high enough to change the wheel.
- What you need: Make sure you have: a jack, a tyre lever, a spare wheel (duh!), the car's handbook which tells you where to fit the jack, a key for locking wheel nuts if you have them fitted and a triangle. Gloves are also useful, as is a torch with a charged battery and a reflective safety vest.
- Are you strong enough? Not all of us can actually undo the wheel nuts on our car. A hack for this is to carry an extension bar that fits onto the wheel spanner to give you more leverage.
- If all else fails remember that your new Toyota comes with roadside assist, which includes changing a flat tyre! The roadside assist number is 0800 022 600 or 0800 139 111 (South Africa), +27 11 799 1640 or +264 83 380 0174 (Namibia) or +27 11 799 1655 (Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland). You can also use the MyToyota App to call for aid.
Get it done:
When you do need to change a tyre, do it like this:
- Park in a safe place, on a flat surface. Place your emergency triangle and put on your emergency vest.
- Put the handbrake on and leave your switched off car in first gear.
- Place the jack in position and extend it until it meets with the car.
- Partially loosen the wheel nuts.
- Extend the jack, lifting the spare wheel off the ground.
- Remove the wheel nuts and then the wheel.
- Fit the spare wheel.
- Fit the wheel nuts, partially tightening them one at a time, alternating diagonally between them until they are fairly tight.
- Lower the jack. Tighten the wheel nuts properly.
- Replace the tools and put the punctured wheel in the boot.
- Drive away satisfied that you coped with a challenge.
- Get your damaged tyre fixed and either put it in the spare wheel spot or refit it to the car.