How to Change a Tyre on Your Own

There might be a time in your life where you will have to change the tyre of your car. Many people are unable to do this task because they were never taught how to. Here is a simplified tutorial on how to change the tyre safely and efficiently.

Before you do anything you need to make sure that you have all the necessary tools. This list includes a lug wrench or tyre iron, a jack, an inflated tyre and the manual as the manufacturers may have specific instructions.

Upon realising that you have a flat tyre you must drive extremely carefully. Don’t suddenly brake or turn as it could damage your wheels. Slowly reduce the speed and park in a place where you are safe and off the road.

Once you have stopped in a safe location engage the handbrake to prevent the car from moving whilst you are changing the tyre. It’s also important to engage the handbrake as you need the wheel to be still.

It would be wise to put bricks or wedges behind and in front of the tyres that don’t need to be changed so that your car is safely static in one place.

Now you can remove the hubcap so that the lug nuts are exposed for removal. The hubcap can be removed with the tyre iron by using the flat part. There is a clip on it that shouldn’t be too difficult to remove.

When placing the jack under the car, the best place to put it would be as close to the flat tyre as possible, along the edge of the body of the car. Your car has to be fifteen centimetres off the ground. You can now remove the lug nuts.

To remove the lug nuts, use the wrench with the correct fitment and turn counter-clockwise. When dealing with any screws, bottle caps, water taps keep the following rule in mind: “lefty-loosy, righty tighty”. Turn left to loosen the screw and right to tighten the screw. At this point you don’t need to completely remove the lug nuts. You can remove the tyre by pulling it towards you gently until it disengages from the wheel axle.

The dirty part is now completed and it’s time to put a new and air-filled tyre onto your car. Align the tyre with the wheel and the lug bolts so that they fit together properly. Place the nuts back on and tighten them as much as you can. Tighten them with the wrench once the car has been lowered back onto the ground. Finally you can put the hubcap back on the same way you took it off.

Dealing With Gear Issues on an Automatic Car

The most luxurious cars in the world are automatic cars with stunning finishes. Unfortunately, the best cars also gain problems over time and it should be taken seriously. Gear Issues are problems that are associated with the gearbox.

Sometimes your car will leak fluid from the transmission. This might be one of the serious problems because if it doesn’t get sorted out you could have a problem shifting gears. Irregular shifting could destroy the gearbox because the incorrect gear could be engaged during the wrong speed. For example, if you are driving fast on a highway and your car changes to the first gear, you could break the teeth because it cannot handle that speed. The first gear is always bigger in diameter because of the force required to do the initial movement.

The transmission can also experience oil leakage. This fluid looks red. It comes from the filler tube base that is located between the engine and transmission, the drain hole, the selector shaft, or the radiator. No oil leakage is good as it means that there is a hole somewhere allowing air to move into the car. Oil is also the source of lubrication inside the engine and keeps the mechanisms cool.

The filter could get clogged at any time. The filter inside the car keeps the oil clean keeping any dust or particles out of the engine. Oil supplies the car with lubrication so that there is no friction. Friction is what causes overheating and worn out parts. If you are experiencing delayed shifting and oil leaking it is likely that the filter has been clogged. This filter also keeps the dust away from the gearbox whilst it shifts. If you experience delayed shifting it could mean that there is something blocking the system from making smooth motions.

Shifting gears incorrectly can be easily felt. It often sounds like the engine is groaning if it has gone up one gear too many. This will lead to a slow pulling motion which will not allow the car to move faster until it regains its speed again.

How to Clean Contaminated Brake Pads

Contaminated brake pads are never a good sign. You can usually tell that there is something wrong with the brake pads when they grab or pull whilst you are applying pressure to the pedal. This could become dangerous because the more worn out your braking system becomes the tougher it is to stop the car.

Contamination is caused by dust getting between the brake pads and brake discs with normal everyday driving. As the dust builds up it scratches the face of the brakes and wears away pads to a point where braking is difficult and requires more use of the emergency brake.

When cleaning the brake pads you can gently wipe away any residue that you can see using a soft cloth. Apply copper slip to the components to seal the damage. Copper slip is used in mechanisms and machines on static parts that should not move. Moving parts include bearings where lubrication is required. Copper slip also helps to prevent the squealing sound when you apply the brakes. It also helps to prevent a seizure. This can damage the system badly causing you to have irreparable brakes and discs.

Once you have applied the copper slip on both parts you should test it to see if your handy work helped. You can drive the car and slow down until you feel it braking hard. It is suggested that you wait for some white smoke to come from the brakes. This means that the excess has been removed thus you no longer have contaminated brakes and you can drive safely.

You don’t have to remove any components in order to apply the copper slip as this would require professional help and tools. It isn’t a necessary step as the copper is there to prevent oxidation.