9 Best Tips Fitting The Spare Wheel
How to mount the spare wheel?
If your tire is beyond repair, or if you don’t have a repair option, your only option is the good old spare. Mounting the tire is quite simple, but it does take some strength! Let’s go!
Wheel change – step by step
get yourself to safety:
Pull over in a safe stopping bay, apply the parking brake, and put the car in 1st gear.
Put on your safety vest and set up the warning triangle at a sufficient distance behind your vehicle (a distance of 50 meters is recommended in built-up areas, 100 meters is appropriate on rural roads, and a good 200 to 400 meters on highways).
get the necessary equipment from the vehicle:
Spare tire (in the trunk, under the car, or if you are unsure, check your vehicle’s owner’s manual).
prepare for the removal of the wheel:
Remove the wheel cover and, if necessary, the hub cap.
Loosen the nuts by approximately 2 turns of the wrench: Turn the wrench counterclockwise. Use the force of your foot if there is no other way.
place the jack:
Place the jack in the designated location.
Operate the jack until the wheel is no longer in contact with the ground.
remove the wheel:
Remove all nuts and place them right next to you so none are lost!
Remove the wheel.
mount the spare wheel:
Position the wheel on the axle.
Reinstall the nuts using the Phillips wrench, this time clockwise.
lower the vehicle back down:
Using the jack, lower the vehicle back down to the ground.
Fold the jack and clean up
tighten the wheel:
Tighten the nuts well, enough but not too much, because you will have to remove the wheel again to put on the regular tires.
Attach the hub cap if necessary. 9.
clean up the equipment again:
Place the flat tire in the space provided for the spare in your vehicle.
Clear the jack, wrench, and everything you took out of the car back into the car.
Once the spare tire is mounted, you can continue driving at reduced speed to the nearest auto repair shop and have a new car tire mounted.
The “space-saving spare wheel
In the event of a flat tire, your vehicle will either have a spare wheel or also a so-called “space-saving emergency wheel”.
What is the difference?
The space-saving emergency wheel is smaller and narrower than a normal wheel and serves exclusively as a spare wheel in the event of a puncture for the journey to the nearest workshop. A maximum of 80 km/ h may be driven with this emergency wheel.
The spare wheel is a complete wheel and identical to the wheels already mounted on your vehicle. Only the brand and rim may differ from the wheels already mounted. A different tire on the same axle is allowed for the period of travel to the nearest workshop.
Replacing flat tires
Please remember that the two tires on the same axle must not have more than a 5 mm difference in tread between the main grooves. If this is the case, if you want to replace the flat tire with a new one, then willy-nilly you will have to buy two new tires.
Examine the degree of wear of the tires already mounted on the vehicle, and here especially the tires of the same axle each time.
Check the tire pressure of the new tire.
Check that the necessary equipment in case of another puncture is back on board your vehicle and in good condition: jack, wrench, spare wheel, compressor, warning vest, warning triangle, etc.
Equip yourself with a tire repair kit.
Check if roadside assistance is included in your car insurance policy and, if necessary, claim the reimbursement.