Step by step tips for changing your flat tyre
Every auction house has its own terms and conditions, so make sure you’re familiar with these. For example, some auctions require you to register before you can bid, while others don’t. 9. Listen carefully to the auctioneer Before opening the bidding on a car, the auctioneer will read out any problems with it that have been specified by the seller. Other terms you may hear include:
No major mechanical faults, which means there shouldn’t be any problems with the engine, gearbox, clutch, brakes or steering
Sold as seen, meaning the vehicle is for sale as it is, with no warranty or guarantee provided by the seller
On an engineer’s report, which is when the car has been examined by a BAC engineer and is being sold in the condition specified in their report; this will have been placed in the window of the car for all to read prior to the sale 10. Stick to your budget This is perhaps the most important rule of all. If a car that you’re interested in goes over your maximum price, don’t let the thrill of the moment get the better of you and tempt you into spending more. — Telegraph YOU’RE driving along, minding your own business, when suddenly you realise your tyre’s gone flat. What now? Panic and freak out? Phone your partner/brother/father/ friend and wait for them to come and fix it for you? Why not do it yourself? Here’s an easy step-by step guide.
Before you begin, make sure you have the following tools: A portable jack to lift your car An inflated spare tyre A wheel spanner to remove and fix the wheel In the event of a blow out or a flat tyre, try to park on level ground. If you can’t find level ground, turn your wheels toward the pavement and park as close to it as possible to avoid rolling; pull the handbrake up and put the car in gear. If you need to change a back wheel, you’ll have to take the handbrake off. This will ensure that the back wheels are loose and are safe to be removed.
Once your car is parked securely and there’s no chance of it rolling, you’ll need to loosen the hubcaps (unless your car has mag wheels) and wheel nuts before you jack up the car.
Most wheel nuts loosen anticlockwise, unless they have an ‘L’ written on them, in which case they loosen clockwise. Do not remove the wheel nuts completely.
Once the wheel nuts are loose, jack your car up, but not too high – the further you lift the car, the further you’ll have to lift the new wheel off the ground.
Now take the wheel nuts out and take the wheel off, making sure that you keep the wheel nuts in a safe place.
Place the new wheel on and loosely tighten the wheel nuts. Only tighten them completely once you have lowered your car back onto the ground. Tighten the nuts as firmly as possible, stand on the wrench if you need to, and don’t forget to put the hubcap back onto your wheel once you’ve finished.
Lastly, don’t forget to get your punctured or flat tyre fixed or replaced as soon as possible.