Change a Tyre Safely – Our Tyre Changing Process
A lot of consideration goes into choosing the right tyres and maintaining them, but what many people don’t realise is that the way a tyre is fitted can have a huge impact on the safety of the vehicle, as well as the performance on the road. Changing a tyre safely, put simply, can save lives and save you money.
Do you know how to change a tyre?
According to research carried out by Leasing Options, 55% of drivers in the UK don’t know how to change a tyre. This is a shocking figure, meaning less than half the drivers out on the roads would know how to change a tyre themselves.
Do you fall into this statistic? Not to worry, because at Watling Tyres, we’ve decided to share with you how we safely change your tyres, taking the burden off your shoulders.
How we safely change a tyre at Watling Tyres
1. Raise the vehicle
The first thing we do is raise the vehicle using a jack, giving access to the tyre off the ground.
2. Remove the wheel cover
Different vehicles have different wheel covers, but in order to move on to the next step, we’ll need to take off any wheel covers.
3. Take out the wheel nuts
Using a wrench, we can then loosen the wheel nuts individually, parting the tyre from the fixed wheel hub. We keep hold of the wheel nuts for later.
4. Remove the tyre from the car
For normal tyres, we remove them by hand, simply bringing the tyre away from the hub and putting it in your boot well later.
5. Fit the new tyre
We roll the new tyre to your vehicle, lift and then place it onto the bolts of the hub.
6. Secure the tyre
Using the wheel nuts from the old tyre, we secure the new tyre by loosely applying them – starting with the top nut.
7. Lower the vehicle partially
Once the tyre is loosely secured, we lower the vehicle slowly until it touches the floor.
8. Tighten the wheel nuts
We now tighten the wheel nuts by hand, as much as physically possible.
9. Lower the vehicle all the way
Now the vehicle can be lowered to the ground fully, we can then use a wrench to tighten the nuts fully.
10. Replace the wheel cover
The wheel cover taken off the old tyre can now be fitted to the new tyre, ready to drive away.
Mobile Tyre Fitting at Watling Tyres
At Watling Tyres, we provide mobile tyre fitting across Kent, Surrey, Sussex and the surrounding areas. So if you’ve got a flat, or the tread is worn on your current tyres, why not seek professional assistance from experienced team?
If you’d like replacement tyres or need to fit your spare out on the road, don’t put your safety at risk. Contact your local branch today to learn more about our services and we’ll be happy to help.