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Fix a flat tyre

What is your biggest nightmare while driving alone? Is it that your car breaks down, runs out of petrol or develops a flat tyre? Fixing the first two problems are beyond your individual capacity, but the last one is pretty manageable.

autos Updated: May 13, 2010 02:01 IST
Debjeet Kundu

What is your biggest nightmare while driving alone? Is it that your car breaks down, runs out of petrol or develops a flat tyre? Fixing the first two problems are beyond your individual capacity, but the last one is pretty manageable. And you don’t have to be He-Man to change tyres.

Here’s how:
Don’t panic. Take out the jack and handle, bolt opener and spare tyre (stepney) from the boot of the car. You will find them under the floor mat.

Place the jack next to the punctured tyre. There will be a metal strip jutting out just beneath the doors from the belly of the car. Attach the handle to the jack and place it under this strip. (The bag that contains the handle and driver will have an instruction manual, too).

Turn the jack’s handle until the flat tyre is raised above the ground at a height suitable to take it off. Unscrew the bolts using the bolt opener. Take the tyre off, put the stepney in its place and screw the bolts tightly. This’ll need some leg power on your part.

Lower the jack and you are done! Believe us, it just takes 15 minutes. And yes, get the flat tyre mended at the first mechanic shop you spot.