In order to save room and weight, several new vehicles have got a puncture repair set – sealer and air compressor – as opposed to a spare wheel. For those who don’t possess a spare wheel it’s recommended that you acquaint yourself with all the kit supplied so you’ll know how to handle it should you have a puncture.
But if your car comes with a spare wheel it’s recommended that you practise changing one of the wheels at your home while in the daylight if the weather’s dry and warm. Then, should you experience a puncture you’ll manage to cope easier, even when it’s dark, frosty or rainy.
Offered a secure environment, the correct tools plus some fundamental understanding, changing one of the wheels on any car ought to be pretty simple. Look into the manual initially because this may include vehicle specific information.
Where the manual and our suggestions seem to be in conflict, keep to the advice inside the manual.
For your own personal protection:
- Don’t attempt to change one of the wheels on a hard shoulder of the motorway or beside any road. Turn off or move over nicely away from the flow of traffic and call for support.
- Don’t attempt to change one of the wheels on delicate, loose or bumpy ground.
- Don’t attempt to change one of the wheels with people still in the vehicle. Shift everybody to some location of safety, nicely away from your vehicle and the carriageway.
- Don’t operate beneath a vehicle whilst it’s lifted on the jack.
- Don’t use the jack anyplace apart from in the specific jacking points – connecting the jack within the incorrect spot can damage the vehicle and/or risks it failing when lifted.