How To Change A Car Wheel
Changing a wheel even on a Donk Lift can be an easy job, don’t be intimidated even though Wiki shows 14 steps. Regardless it can be a little bit of a dirty process due to the dust and dirt which a wheel gets from the road. However, if you’re certain enough to change a wheel then keep in mind that it can also grow into a bad experience if you attempt it in specific conditions for e.g. at night or at motorway’s side.
I recommend you to call nearby car’s workshop rather than taking the needless risk. Below I’ve tried to explain some step-by-step tips that enable you to change your damaged wheels easily.
It’s important to have those fundamental tools with you that come along the purchased car. They’re actually meant for troubleshooting any car’s or wheel’s problems. Some primary tools are:
- Locking Wheel Nut (for security)
- Locking Wheel Nut Key (for unlocking these nuts)
- Car’s Jack (to lift a car)
- Wheel Brace (to loosen the nuts)
If you haven’t changed a wheel earlier then I recommend you to try it at your car’s garage. This will give you a lot of practical exposure for the near future. Before initiation, make sure your car isn’t placed at roadside because it’s imperative for the process to place it on hard, horizontal terrain.
- Take Security Measures
- Pull the Handbrake
- Separate the Wheel Cap
- Locate Jack Spot
- Unfix Wheel Nuts
- Lift the Car
- Uproot Wheel
- Reinstate New or Spare Wheel
1. Take Security Measures
If your car’s tire burst on the road while driving, it’s vital to switch your emergency light on so that any fast moving vehicle could aware of your situation. If you’ve any car’s warning triangles then take them and placed on the distance 25-30 meters from your vehicle.
2. Pull the Handbrake
Before beginning the actual process of wheel changing, turn off your vehicle and pull the handbrake tightly. If you already have an automatic car then all you need to do is to park it in the nearby car’s park and get the necessary tools such as jack, wheel brace and spare wheel.
3. Separate the Wheel Cap
Separate the hubcap if you’ve it on the external part of the wheel. You can pull it off easily with the wheel brace. In the case of alloy wheels, you require pulling the center cap of the wheels.
4. Locate Jack Spot
Determine and locate the jacking zone beneath the car. Make sure you choose a strengthened metal spot underneath. After that, place the jack in the selected spot but don’t lift the car yet. If you’re uncertain regarding anything then consult the car’s manual.
5. Unfix Wheel Nuts
In order to loosen the wheel nuts, utilize the wheel brace. As they’re fixed very strongly, therefore, you need an additional force of your foot to loosen them.
6. Lift the Car
Lift your car up so the tire has no more in connection with the ground. Now evacuate the wheel nuts in a slanting manner neglecting the main nut at the end.
7. Uproot Wheel
Seize the wheel at each side and pull it far from the car. At times street soil might cause the wheel to adhere. Rotate the wheel from one side to uproot it.
8. Reinstate New or Spare Wheel
Generally, an extra wheel comes with a new car. Once you put it in the right spot raise it up into the intended spot. Insert all the wheel nuts again and fix the nuts firmly by beginning with the main nut.
Here the only things left are to tighten all the wheel nuts make sure you don’t over tight them. After that, lower your car and if not satisfied then re-check all your wheel nuts. Now you’re done with the wheel changing, you can see it’s not a can of worms to learn it. Just you need a little concentration and knowledge to change it.