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mine is flat and I have no idea what to do, beyond ringing my Dad/Mr S...
have you got a jack and all that shit?
that'd be in the boot I expect, I can't attempt it anyway as have kids coming in a bit, it'd be like a build-up scene in Casualty ROAD, ROLLING TYRE, WOBBLY JACK, TODDLERS, INCOMPETENT WOMAN
not sure about all cars but mine is under the bonnet with the bolt fastener, and the car has a little reinforced bit where you are supposed to jack it up along the bottom, should be easy to spot. ive done it once, surprisingly easy
step 2: loosen nuts on flat tyre
step 3: place jack under car near flat and line it up so that it will brace on the chassis (a strong looking bit)
step 4: jack up the car
step 5: finish taking of nuts
step 6: swap flat for spare
step 7: finger tighten nuts
step 8: lower jack to the point that the tyre is touching the ground but not fully taking the weight of the car
step 9: tighten nuts with tyre lever
step 10: lower jack all the way and pack away tools and flat tyre.
step 1b: remove hubcap
step 9b: replace hubcap
For my next performance, I will explain the steps in buying a train ticket
No time for snacking
Step 1: try and park on a flat piece of road.
Step 2: find some bricks/rocks to use as chocks.
Step 3: release the handbrake otherwise you're going to find it very difficult to release the nuts.
It's also worth noting that modern cars have a jack point marked on the chassis.
2 is for the excessively safety conscious, but, sure.
3 -- what? What kind of a car do you drive?
Check you have that tool
My dads a mechanic and forced me to learn. I never do it when it happens though. I just call him up and he comes and does it for me.
then he is going to come back and sort it out for me
woo for Dads
my dad is so ashamed that ive not learned properly and passed my test. (i keep meaning to but i live city centre, no need for a car)
He taught me how to drive when i was a young teenager and everything i needed to know about the inner workings of a car and engine.I used to help him out in the garage sometimes.
Now my brother and him are Blacksmiths. So ive learnt a bit of that too.
i had a wonderful time a few months back when one of my neighbours came round to ask for help on a flat tyre. the guy's English wasn't very good and i don't think he'd had his car that long and had no idea what i was trying to explain to him about his nuts. it got to the stage that we had searched round the car, from what i could gather he hadn't got anything with the documents.
after a while he wanted me to drive to a garage with the flat tyre on the car. i made a few excuses, like it's not safe and i wasn't sure about insurance coverage (he didn't want to drive it himself because he wasn't very experianced and didn't think he could handle the flat tyre. thankfully i realised that the coffee i was drinking was laced with rum and i was probably rather over the limit.
so i ended up having to ring round local garages for call out quotes. i felt pretty bad cause it ended up costing him about £60, when all we needed was that nut remover, unfortunately it was too late to get to the (i think it was a skoda) dealer to get a replacement remover.
and that is some of my enthralling tale about locking wheel nuts and alcoholism
Not the symptom.
but I wouldn't trust myself to do it.
Pay someone else to do it.
Same goes for most menial jobs.
Done about half a dozen now.
*I assume we're talking about bike tyres. Car tyres can fuck off.
Car wheels are a piece of piss, and easier than bike tyres*.
I think. That's the first thing I'd try anyway
with a jack that was meant for a much smaller car.
Jacked it up, took the wheel off, picked up the spare, turned back to the car....
... and the jack gave way, spitting out dozens of tiny ball bearings which flew everywhere at explosive force. One of them got me in the face about 1 cm from my right eye, I've still got a scar from where it hit.
So use the correct jack.