Autobarn Know How


    Changing a Wheel


     Changing a Wheel

    There is never a good time or place to get a flat tyre. More often than not it's in a inconvenient place and with terrible timing. The following guide will show you how to quickly and safely change your wheel to get you back on the road in no time. 


    How to Change a Wheel

    You will need:

    • A jack (most cars come with a small jack located in the boot of your car)
    • Spare wheel 
    • Wheel brace (aka “tyre iron”)
    • A little bit of elbow grease!
    NOTE: Before we start, a tyre inflator from Autobarn can help remove all this hassle for you, by inflating the tyre and temporaryily patching the hole. Contact your local store for more information.
          1. Always remember, safety is your number one priority and it is your responsibility to ensure others around are safe also. 
          2. Pull over into a safe area, on a surface that is hard as possible (concrete carpark, paved area, etc). Turn on your hazard lights and double check to make sure your handbrake and park brake are both on (or gear stick is out of gear if a manual). If you have any high-vis clothing or bright clothing with you, put it on so other vehicles can see you more easily, this is even more important at night. Find a solid object that you can “chock” one of the wheels on the opposite side, this is a precaution incase the vehicle moves during this process (a brick or piece of wood is always good to use a chock).
          3. Retrieve the spare wheel, wheel brace and jack that you will need to replace the wheel. Usually all these items will be found in your boot. 
          4. Find the small notches under the car near where the flat tyre. This will be your “jack point”. If you are not on a hard surface, place something hard under this point on the ground that the jack can sit on. Place the jack under the jack point and turn the handle (or lift the handle up and down depending on the jack) until a small amount of weight is lifted off the car. 
          5. This is the point where you will need a little bit of elbow grease! Loosen each wheel nut in an anti-clockwise direction (Remember: Righty-Tighty, Lefty-Loosey!). Loosen each wheel nut by going to the opposite nut next on the wheel (going in an imaginary star shape for a 5-stud wheel is always a good way to remember).
          6. Raise the car off the ground by continuing to lift/turn the jack handle. Once the car has enough room to fit a fully inflated tyre that should be enough to work with.
          7. Remove all wheel nuts and keep them in a safe place so they don’t roll away! Remove the flat tyre and place it under the car, this keeps it away from traffic and serves as some protection should the jack fail. Do not put flat tyre straight in the boot... remember your car is just standing on a jack and is unsafe.
          8. Fit the new wheel by lining up the holes and carefully pushing the wheel onto the hub as far as it will go. Finger tighten the wheel nuts going in the star pattern used to loosen them. Double check they are all finger tight.
          9. Lower the car very gently until there is enough weight to stop the wheel turning, but not all the way. Tighten the wheel nuts all the way using the wheel brace in the star pattern used to finger tighten them . 
          10. Lower the car the all the way, pack-up and get to that important meeting you're late for!

    Helpful Hints


    Make sure you remember to.. 

    • Secure the flat tyre in the boot when you're finished.
    • As soon as possible, check the pressure in the spare is correct to what it says on the side of the tyre (most service stations have air pumps and go by kPa) and check that the wheel nuts are still tight.
    • If the tyre is a “space-saver”, replace the flat tyre as soon as possible. Space-savers are not designed to be driven on for long periods; they are designed as a temporary spare only.
    • Never lie under the car or put limbs under the car while the car is on the jack. If something does roll under the car, use the wheel brace, a long stick or pole to reach under the car.
    • When checking tyre pressure, always remember to check the pressure of your spare tyre too, you never know when you’ll need it!



    Great Wheel Changing Products Available at Autobarn



    NOTE: This information is provided as a guide only and professionals should be consulted when doing any work to a vehicle. Autobarn is not liable for any loss or damage which is suffered or incurred (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) for any personal injury or damage to property suffered or sustained as a result of using the information provided.