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Man Skills: Changing a Tyre

You spot a great looking bird in the shopping centre car park and she has a blown tyre, bam! Time to help her install her spare wheel and by some divine luck you’ll hopefully get some kind of reward… her phone number or a free meal perhaps? Who cares just do it, it’s a great way to make new friends right? Then it dawns upon you, where you realise you’re lacking of some serious man skills like swapping out a busted wheel with the spare wheel. Feelings of complete failure and sadness follow because you are unable to do something so simple, especially since this is something each and every man should know how to do. Don’t let this happen to you, ever! Read and memorise this article like you memorise your bank login details.

Step 1:
Be sure the car is parked on a flat surface and away from danger. Nothing worse than the car rolling onto you or traffic whilst you are helping this stunner.

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Too flat to be driven on

Step 2:
Locate the spare wheel, jack and tools. This is usually in the boot under the carpet or on the side of the boot for station wagon.

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Navigate through the dense content of the boot
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Tools, jack and of course the spare tyre
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Carefully slide out the tyre without scraping the interior or paint

Step 3:
Take out the wheel nut brace and proceed to ONLY loosening the nuts, do not remove them completely whilst the car is still on the ground. This may require some force to undo, stepping on the wheel brace is totally acceptable and does not affect masculinity (be mindful of your back, if more force is required, it is preferable to use body weight) . To undo nuts, turn anti clockwise, similar to cracking open a beer.

Always stretch before using muscles
Always stretch before using muscles
Make sure you get a good grip
Make sure you get a good grip, remember to only loosen the nuts, do not attempt to remove them

Step 4:
Locate the jacking points of the car and place the car jack directly beneath the jacking points. Each car will vary, but on the OEM jack there is a little diagram showing the preferred jacking points.

Feel for the lip and place the jack's groove between the lip
Feel for the lip and place the jack’s groove between the lip
Proceed to wind it up by hand till everything is as pictured
Proceed to wind it up by hand till everything is as pictured

Step 5:
Locate the jack winding bar, this usually has a hook of some sort that attaches to the jack, if unsure refer back to the OEM jack, there is a little diagram showing how to attach it.

Majority of jack levels will connect together like so
Majority of jack winding levers/bars will connect together like so
Wind lever clockwise to raise car
Wind lever clockwise to raise car

Step 6:
Jack up the car until the wheel is about 1” inch off the ground. Jacking up the car involves turning the lever clockwise, similar to closing a tap.

Roughly an inch off the ground is plenty, no need to max out the jack
Roughly an inch off the ground is plenty, no need to max out the jack

Step 7:
Remove all the nuts and remove the wheel from the hub, put it somewhere safely.

Resting a foot on the tyre will help with removing the nuts
Resting a foot on the tyre will help with removing the nuts
Remove wheel and place somewhere out of the way
Remove wheel and place somewhere out of the way

Step 8:
Line up and place the spare wheel on the car and hand tighten all the nuts until it stops turning, this is achieved by turning the nuts clockwise, similar to turning off a tap.

Align bolt holes with the studs and slot the wheel on
Align bolt holes with the studs and slot the wheel on
Hand tighten all the nuts firmly
Hand tighten all the nuts firmly

Step 9:
Lower the vehicle and remove jack, this is done by turning the jack’s lever anti clockwise, similar to turning on a tap.

Turn anti clockwise to lower the jack
Turn anti clockwise to lower the jack

Step 10:
Tighten all the wheel nuts properly using the wheel nut brace, this is done by turning it clockwise. Tighten as hard as you can, applying some body weight is acceptable. Make sure all nuts are tightened equally.

Firmly tighten all nuts, use body weight if necessary
Firmly tighten all nuts, use body weight if necessary

Step 11:
Place tools, jack, and busted wheel back in the car

Make sure you look like it was hard work
Make sure to look good when doing this

Step 12:
Ask for her number or for a lunch reward, I’m sure she’s willing to take a real man out to lunch and please do not activate sleaze mode (reserved only when one has consumed too many beers).

Never know, it could work out like this!
Never know, it could work out like this!

That’s about it, nothing too hard about it at all.

If you didn’t get her number don’t feel too bad, maybe she saw you struggling with those nuts and is probably after a real man. Time to hit the workout section!

About Johnny

Johnny
A typical car nutter that likes to get his hands dirty. Skyline and Silvia fanatic not to mention trak-life's own personal tuner and mechanic. Doesn't mind sparing a few days at the gym to stay fit and definitely likes to eat to keep the balance right.

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