Dealing with a Flat Tyre

Almost every motorist will encounter a flat tyre at some point while driving. It is not a bad idea to bear in mind that prevention is better than cure. There are chemical gummy substances that can be injected into your tyres and the moment a tiny puncture takes place this substance will flow into the puncture and seal it.

Let us deal with the orthodox way of dealing with a flat tyre. Before going into detail there tyre change 10are a few things you must have,

1.You would do well to have a magnetic torch that can be held on the inside of the mudguard.

2.Make sure your battery will be able to light up the hazards for the duration needed to change a tyre.

3.Ensure that you spare wheel has the prescribed tyre pressure.

4 Carry a flag that is painted with psychedelic paint.

When you have a tyre puncture, slowly pull the car close to the kerb. Switch off the engine and pull up the handbrake. Leave the car in gear.Try and find a heavy stone that you place behind any of the other tyres to prevent the car from moving.

Extra care needs to be exercised if the puncture takes place after dusk; the flag would come in useful. If you have a hydraulic jack it would be better but, you can also manage with an old fashioned mechanical jack.

tyre change 11Take extra care to place the jack at a point that is designed to hold the weight of the car. Most older motor vehicles have a metallic attachment to indicate where you can place the jack. If you find a particular lug nut tight and you don’t have a short length of pipe to lever the wheel Brace you could stand on the wheel brace.

After the nuts have been removed, take the tyre off. Next, check the psi of the spare wheel and then attach it. Tighten the lug nuts to a reasonable extent and quietly bring the car down. Once it reaches the ground slide out the jack and tighten the lug nuts.

If you carry a small air pump that works off the receptacle for the cigarette lighter, this will come in very handy particularly if you get caught up with a difficult nut or your jack malfunctions. You run the engine after plugging the pump into the cigarette lighter opening and the deflated tyre will gradually fill up with air. You could then drive the car to the nearest tyre techie as the tyre does not deflate quickly while on the run.