How to change a flat trailer tyre
It’s a great skill for all drivers to know how to change a tyre especially if you aren’t able to call for help. A flat trailer tyre can happen anywhere, so it’s best to learn how to change a trailer tyre for emergencies. The process isn’t hard and it would take about 15-30 minutes to change a tyre. There are step-by-step manuals that guide you on how to change a flat trailer tyre in case of an emergency.
When changing trailer tyres make sure to take out things in trailers if too heavy before changing the tyre, check that items are safe and secured on the trailer to prevent them from falling off the trailer. Trailer spare tyres are often found under the trailer, they are often dirty and are hard to remove from under the trailer, check that they can be loosened and remove dirt caused by the road.
Causes of a flat trailer tyre:
Items needed when changing a flat trailer tyre
If you don't own these or have been misplaced it’s required to purchase new ones immediately.
These next few items have to be purchased, these items can be used during dark nights, rainy days, to secure the wheels from rolling and to prevent dirt and cutting your hands with small objects.
Step-by-step to change a flat trailer tyre
Step 1 – Create / find a safe location where you can change the trailer tyre, make sure that you park away from incoming traffic and avoid curves to prevent other drivers from hitting you. Reduce your speed limit radically while driving with a flat tyre, driving with a flat tyre will rip it and damage your wheel rim, and possibly even the trailer. Find level ground or straight stretches of road.
Use orange or yellow safety cones or triangles after pulling off on the side of the road or turn your hazard light on, this will allow other drivers to be aware of you and will prevent an accident. After parking make sure you pull the hand brake to keep the car securely motionless.
Step 2 – If you own wheel wedges, place behind or in front of the trailer tyres to minimise movement. Place it in front of the front trailer tyres if your changing the rear tyres and if the front tyre is flat place the wheel wedges behind the rear tyres. Another alternative is to use bricks or large bricks big enough to do the job.
Step 3 – Remove the wheel cover using the flat end of a lug wrench before lifting the car with a jack.
Step 4 – After removing the wheel cover the lug nuts will be exposed, using a lug wrench loosen the nuts counter clockwise to about half way, only remove them completely when it’s time to remove the tyre. If you find it difficult to loosen the nut use force using your body weight or foot.
Step 5 – Lift the trailer using the jack by placing it under the trailer frame, placethe jack where it cansafely lift the trailer. When using the jack don’t go under the trailer while it is being lifted or after that. Raise the trailer until the flat tyre is six inches above the ground.
Step 6 – Once the trailer has been lifted up, you may now completely remove the lug nuts by hand. Use both hands to remove the tyre. Grip the treads and pull it towards you carefully and put it on its side when it’s been removed completely from the hub.
Step 7 – Take the spare tyre and place it where the flat tyre was, line up the rim with the lug bolts and gently push it until the lug bolts show through the rim. Put the lug nut back on the lug bolts, tighten the lug nuts all the way by hand as much as possible. Once the lug nuts have been tightened enough with the hand and the spare tyre is secure, use the jack to lower the car till it touches the ground. Fasten the lug nuts with the lug wrench turning it clockwise, use your body weight to tighten the lug nuts.
Step 8 – Bring the wheel to the ground and remove the jack, make sure that the lug nuts are tight. Put the wheel cover back over the wheel if it fits. After everything is done make sure that all the tools that you have used are packed away back in the car, put the flat tyre back where the spare tyre was.
Download a step-by-step guide to changing a flat tyre.
You can’t completely prevent a flat tyre but maintenance is goes a long way to avoiding one. Regular maintenance will ensure that your tyres are in good condition. Tyre maintenance will extend life of the tyre, reduce chance of flat tyre, and will improve performance.