How to change a tyre

We would always recommend getting your tyre changed by a professional Uniroyal retailer or roadside service provider. but, if you’re determined to change a tyre yourself, it’s important you follow the Rules of the Road and know how do it safely

Before you begin

Firstly, make sure you’re in a safe, flat area away from passing traffic. If you have a blow out on the motorway do not attempt to change this on the hard shoulder – it’s just too dangerous. It is far safer to call for roadside assistance.

Assuming you’re in a safe area, check the equipment you have and what your options are. For example, does your car have a full-size spare wheel, a skinny temporary spare or did it come with a tyre sealant kit? Does the spare have adequate tread and is it fully inflated?

A full-size spare wheel

Before you even start to change a tyre, read your vehicle’s handbook. It will detail any peculiarities about your make and model, list the tools they’ve supplied and show you where to attach the jack. This final point is very important.

Ask your passengers to get out of the car, switch off the engine and turn on your hazard lights. Put your handbrake on and put the car into first gear (or P if it’s an automatic). To stop your car from rolling once it’s been jacked, put a chock under the wheel that’s diagonally opposite from the punctured one. If you don’t have a chock, a large rock or log should do the job.

Always refer to your manufacturer’s handbook for specific instructions. 

There you will discover:

1. If you have a full-size spare tyre

2. If you have a temporary ‘skinny’ tyre

3. If you have a tyre sealant kit   

4. If you have locking wheel nuts.

5. Where exactly to position the jack.

6. Your tyre pressure requirements.

7. Whether to expect any warning lights post tyre change.

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