How to change a flat tyre

Learn how to change a flat tyre with this easy-to-understand video.

How to change a flat tyre

If you’re planning on being on the road during the summer period you should ensure your vehicle is in tip-top condition so you can just enjoy your time away. However, one thing you can’t always avoid is a flat tyre, so in case this happens to you, this video gives you simple step-by-step instructions on changing it all on your own.


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    1st Jan 2015
    Very good only one thing wrong with it How do you lift the spare out of the boot when it is physicaaly impossible? That's why I belong to the NRMA !!!
    ronald james
    1st Jan 2015
    1st Jan 2015
    Exactly Ron. This is changing a wheel. Changing a tyre is something you did yourself many years ago using 2 or 3 tyre irons and a mallet, or heavy hammer. Those were the days, and you could repair the puncture yourself if you had tubes in your tyre.
    1st Jan 2015
    Interesting. I might have thought that this was obvious. Glad to see that what I have been doing for a lifetime is correct. A couple of comments.

    It was great to see that the video informed people about loosening the nuts before the wheel is jacked as it is a physical impossibility to do at that time.

    I abandoned the traditional wheel brace supplied with the vehicle decades ago as trying to loosen nuts which have been tightened with a pneumatic device with what amounts to a 'spanner' is a joke. Even men in the prime of their life have problems doing that. So I have a three quarter inch drive bar with a reducer to bring it down to half inch and then a normal socket on the end of that. This gives a mechanical advantage (the bar is double the length of the one supplied with the car) as the socket fitting much better than the standard tool and not slipping off. I would recommend that all aging folk do the same as it makes changing a flat doable.

    Good luck, and keep your road service up to date.
    1st Jan 2015
    I was visiting my Doctor in Tea Gardens near where I live and as usual something happened away from home. All my mates had gone fishing or where not close by.
    I had a slow leak in a front tyre and found a TEK Screw in the tread. Both of the local Tyre Service places were closed for holidays (including the place where I buy my tyres). The town only has one Servo which does not have a workshop. I rang the NRMA and was told there would be a 1+ hour delay for service call, I told them I would call back.
    I went to the Servo and put 40 lb. of air in the tyre and purchased can of Puncture Repair ($20) and took off for home and made it without incident. The next day I travelled to Raymond Terrace and the guy in a Tyre Store took off the wheel removed the TEK Screw and plugged the hole. Then checked the balance of the wheel and refitted it to the car for $20.
    At 73 I am not physically able to lift heavy weights and bend and twist like I was able to a few years ago. I was not impressed with the NRMA but due to necessity will keep my membership just in case I have a more serious problem a long way from home.
    A final tip is to carry a Puncture Repair Kit (they have a shelf life of 5 Years), carry an extension bar for the wheel brace and 1 or 2 fold down wheel chocks. Pull off the road an look hopeless and hope some kind person stops to help before the NRMA arrive.
    Always carry some fresh water and your Mobile Phone.
    A Happy New Year to all that read this.
    1st Jan 2015
    I only once in over 50 years forgot my road service when I went overseas much to my husband's disgust when he was driving my car whne the battery gave up it's life. Well didn't he perform & has always paid the fees ever since which has paid off as we are now on life long membership & do get a few odd discounts.
    1st Jan 2015
    Good sound advice. I had the misfortune to have the near side tyre on our caravan disintegrate just east of Yalata on one of the few narrow stretches of the highway. Help was soon at hand but we could not dislodge the wheel nuts despite leverage. Our helper, a retired farmer from Esperance. suggested we try using the hydraulic jack I carried on the lever, taking advantage of the weight of the caravan. Bingo, the nuts snapped free under the lifting force of the jack against the wheel brace.

    Fifteen minutes earlier at Yalata we swapped drivers and I did my routine check of all the tyres, car and van. None of the tyres were hot and pressures were slightly higher as expected in the surrounds within a pound or two of expected.
    1st Jan 2015
    What an excellent idea, using a jack to dislodge those nuts that are always secured using a pneumatic drill and socket. Thanks for that great idea Diaphyseal.
    1st Jan 2015
    On the old narrow Highway there was always a drop off the sealed part like a gutter and as I moved over to allow a truck to pass, the edge tore the side out of the two on side tyres.
    I managed to keep the rig under control for a mile until the road widened and I could pull over. There was a trail of rubber to where I stopped. Luckily I had two spare wheels. While the missus made lunch I changed both of them. The only drama was that the van body had to be jacked up to get access to the wheels. Then I had to jack up the twin axle using a trolley jack I carried.
    We had a pleasant stop in Eucla for three days and got two new tyres at Perth prices plus freight. Fitted and balanced they were about the same price as a city.
    Border Village were almost twice the price with freight from Adelaide.
    5th Jan 2015
    Thats why I would never buy a car that has one of those silly half size spares
    OR NONE AT ALL might be OK for the UK when you are never far from a service place but not here when you might be in the out back or such, would have to wait ages for help and maybe NO phone reception either

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