Tyre Tales 3: How to change a flat tyre
A flat tyre can happen at the most inconvenient time. Do you know how to change a flat tyre? Some of our readers didn’t… luckily there was someone there to help out
We’ve just given away $500 worth of tyres to one lucky winner. All you had to do was write in with your tyre experiences, and our team has picked the one we felt had the best lesson for others. But we’ve published most of the entries because there’s something in there for everyone.
This time – can you deal with a flat tyre?
I managed to find a park on the side of the road (in a bus lane). My mother had insisted that real ladies knew how to change their own tyres, if only I had listened. Then out of the blue, a gentleman came over, changed my tyre, wished me a good day and left. I made it to work and the Sydney traffic kept flowing. Would have been cool if I had changed it myself though!
Finally in July last year we settled on a MY14 Kia Sportage Platinum diesel. We have travelled 15000km so far and this vehicle covers large distances so effortlessly and is not tiring to drive. An excellent purchase.
- If you buy second-hand, make sure the spare tyre and all the gear are included;
- If you buy new, ditto, but also get the dealer to throw in a full-sized spare if it’ll fit in the car;
- Practice a full tyre change one sunny Saturday morning;
- Your spare tyre will age, change it every 5 years regardless of us; and
- Check tyre inflation pressure every month. Open the driver’s door and look for the tyre placard, and definitely check before a long trip with a heavy load.
How to tell if you’ve got a flat tyre
- Extra noise – thumping, flapping. Your passengers may pick this up first;
- Poor handling – car doesn’t brake or turn as well as it used to (especially with a front tyre out);
- Harsher ride, not as smooth as before;
- Stability control coming in when it normally doesn’t; and
- People yelling and pointing!