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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remove all the nuts and remove the wheel from the hub, put it somewhere safely.
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.
Lower the vehicle and remove jack, this is done by turning the jack’s lever anti clockwise, similar to turning on a tap.
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.
Place tools, jack, and busted wheel back in the car
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).
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!