Step by step tips for chang­ing your flat tyre

Lesotho Times - - Mo­tor­ing -

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.

— Women24

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