Easy Advice is an online writer from the U.K. with over six years of experience writing automotive DIY content.
Here is how I changed my flat tire on my Toyota Auris. As with all occasional maintenance tasks it has a number of little trips, traps and eventual disappointment.
First of all, was the tire really flat? Sadly, yes it was. Although I visited not one, but two, service stations and used their compressed air pump. I could not re-inflate the tire sufficiently. As well as being flat it may have a valve problem. On top of that the tire place was shut. So I had no choice but to change the tire.
How to Change a Flat Tire on the Toyota Auris
- Get All The Equipment Ready
- Lay Out Your Tire Tools
- Locate the Jack Position on the Car
- Lock the Wheel Nuts
- Change the Wheel
1. Get All The Equipment Ready
The relative wisdom of experience says to get everything prepared and ready before starting any job.
So initially it was a case of locating the parts (this being the first time I have changed a tire on this model of car).
The spare is obviously in the boot (there being nowhere else to put it). I found the spare under the boot cover.
Unfortunately, it is a space saving tire. This means that it is going to be a temporary replacement only.
2. Lay Out Your Tire Tools
The tyre tools are under the spare tyre in the boot.
The jack is hidden away in the right hand boot storage compartment.
Turn its screw slightly so it can be removed from its holding position.
3. Locate the Jack Position on the Car
Under the car is a ridge that runs the length of the body.
Look for identifying marks or notches.
I 'think' the two indentations shown in the picture are the right place to locate the jack - and that is what I used.
4. Lock the Wheel Nuts
I don't know why they bother with this stuff. I suppose some people have expensive wheels and they live in places where they might get stolen. I don't.
If you have an odd looking nut on your wheels then you probably have locking wheel nuts. The box could generally be anywhere - it is fairly small - but a popular place is rattling around in the glove compartment.
Identify the socket and the nut on the wheel. It is fairly obvious how it works.
Space Saving Tyres
These are a great idea if you never ever have to use them.
Then they are a complete waste of time and effort. I don't want to have change my tyres twice. Put the spare on and continue driving is the old-fashioned way.
With space-savers - they will get you where you need to go. They will also need changing at the first opportunity as they are for emergency use only. They are not particularly safe or suitable for your vehicle.
5. Change the Wheel
Use the jack to slightly lift the car. Do NOT lift the wheel off the ground yet. Make sure the car and jack seem to be a solid and safe fit.
Now use the tyre spanner to loosen SLIGHTLY the bolts holding the old tyre on. The point of this is to make sure they all can be loosened. There is no point in jacking up the car, taking four nuts off and discovering you cannot remove the last one. Yes. It does happen.
When all the nuts, including the locking one, are slightly loosened - use the jack to raise the car so the wheel is free from the ground.
Undo all the nuts and pull the wheel off. Do not force or shake anything. There is a small piece of metal (the jack) holding up the weight of the car. Do not do anything stupid.
Move the old wheel completely out of the way. Bring the spare type into position. Use minimum force to put the tyre onto the car. Do the bolts up finger tight to start with and then takes turns to gently tighten them with the spanner.
Continue until the wheel looks and feels solid.
Lower the jack carefully keeping a close eye on the car, wheel, tyres and your toes.
When the jack is completely lowered recheck all the bolts with your spanner.
Take the car for a short gentle hundred yard trip with the stereo off so you can listen for any odd sounds. When you stop recheck the tyre bolts again.
Pack the tools away and wash hands. The old tyre will not fit in the boot space so you will have to leave it flat in the boot or elsewhere for now until you get it replaced properly.
Drive with caution on the space-saving spare.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Kim on April 11, 2020:
I was doing well up until it got to the bit about removing the wheel, from the hub, it said don't rattle or shake the car while doing this, as the car is only held up by a small piece of metal, the jack !! Then said "don't do anything stupid" !! So very true !! Brilliant !! Thank you for making my day !!