How To Safely Change a Wheel/Tyre. Our Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Going Again!
These days there’s a good chance you'll have a puncture repair kit rather than a spare wheel. If this is the case then familiarize yourself with your kit, so you’ll know what to do if you do get a puncture.
If you require a replacement locking wheel nut (key), please click on the 'SHOP' page and order your replacement wheel nut accessory now.
Please view our '3 Step Simple Process' page, we do not require the locking wheel nut security code either! We cover most vehicle makes/models.
For your own safety:
Don’t change your wheel on the hard shoulder of a motorway or at the side of a road. Turn off or pull over well away from the traffic
Don’t change your wheel on soft, loose or uneven ground
Don’t change your wheel with passengers inside the vehicle. Move everyone to a safe place that’s well away from the vehicle and road
Don’t work under your vehicle while it's raised on a jack
Don’t use the jack anywhere other than at the correct jacking points. You’ll find these listed in your handbook. Attaching the jack in the wrong place can cause damage to your vehicle and could result in it collapsing
Before you start changing or repairing your Tyre, make sure you’ve read your vehicle’s handbook. If our advice is different to what’s in it, always follow your handbook. You will require the following items:-
What you'll need:
Your handbook, which shows you where to attach the jack
Your spare wheel – make sure it’s got enough tread and is properly inflated
Your vehicle jack
A wheel wrench with extension bar and locking wheel-nut-key
At least one wheel chock – something to stop your car from rolling when it’s up on the jack
Gloves – there’s a good chance your wheel/tyre will be dirty
Something to kneel on, like an old towel – the ground will be dirty too
A sharp knife or cutters to remove any cable ties used to hold your wheel trims in place
A reflective jacket and strong, sensible shoes for your own safety
Before you lift your vehicle:
Plan ahead – you don’t want your vehicle to be raised for longer than it has to be
Switch off your engine and turn on your hazard lights
Apply the handbrake and engage first gear (or 'P' if you’re driving an automatic)
Put your chock under the wheel diagonally opposite the one you’re replacing
Remove your spare wheel from the boot well/carrier. If the carrier is under your vehicle, it might be a bit rusty and difficult to move
Lay your spare on the ground. Choose a spot that will be convenient for fitting
Remove your wheel trim (if fitted) – you may have to cut cable ties and/or lever the trim off
Place the jack in the lifting point closest to the wheel you’re changing
Make sure the jack head engages properly (as shown in your handbook) and extend the jack until it just starts to lift the vehicle on its springs. Don't lift your vehicle any further yet
Loosen the wheel nuts (most need to be twisted anticlockwise) using the vehicle's wheel wrench and locking wheel-nut key if needed. There might be protective covers over the locking wheel nuts
Remove the locking wheel nut first before removing the standard wheel nut bolts (When you put the spare tyre on, the locking wheel nut is fitted first before the standard wheel nut bolts)
Keep your back straight and body weight evenly distributed on both feet. Apply effort downwards in a controlled way, so that when the nut finally 'gives' you won't lose your balance
Lifting the vehicle:
Raise the jack until the wheel is just off the ground
Remove the loose wheel nuts while keeping the wheel in position with your knee or foot Remove the locking wheel nut first before removing the standard wheel nut bolts (When you put the spare Tyre on, the locking wheel nut is fitted first before the standard wheel nut bolts)
Leave the top standard nut/bolt on until last, so you can use both hands to lift the wheel away from the hub
When fitting the spare:
You’re basically following the removal method in reverse
Secure the wheel by loosely refitting the top wheel nut first
Tighten the remaining wheel nuts by hand, firstly in stages and in a diagonal sequence
Don't oil the wheel nuts before refitting them, since this will make them more likely to work loose
Lower the jack carefully until the wheel just touches the ground and won’t turn
Now tighten the wheel nuts fully with the wheel wrench, again in a diagonal sequence
Put the damaged wheel in the boot well or carrier
If your spare wheel is a temporary-use 'skinny' spare, make sure you check if there are
any restrictions on using it. Usually, you can only travel up to 50 mph on a skinny spare, and you’ll need to replace it with a normal Tyre as soon as you can.
You might see some of your dashboard lights come on as systems like ABS, traction control and some automatic gearboxes don’t like odd Tyre sizes.
As soon as you can get to a dealer or a garage, make sure you:
Have the pressure in the spare Tyre checked
Get your wheel nuts tightened properly
Replace or repair the damaged Tyre
If you require a replacement locking wheel nut (key), please click on the 'SHOP' page and order your replacement locking wheel nut accessory now.
Please view our '3 Step Simple Process' page, we do not require the wheel nut security code either! We cover most vehicle makes/models.
This information is given as guidance only by 'Locking Wheel Nut Keys' and as such we will not be held responsible for any injuries or damage however caused.