AN employee at a major car dealer has uncovered a key skill that drivers often miss but which could save them thousands.
The expert, who works at Johnsons Cars in Solihull, West Midlands, took to YouTube to explain how some simple car maintenance tasks can be done at home for a fraction of the price.
In the clip, he said: “A flat tire can happen at any time and knowing how to fix a flat tire is a skill everyone should have.”
“It could save you time and money.
“If you follow our step-by-step instructions, it may be easier than you think.”
All you need to do is find a “flat, stable and safe” area to park your car and you can start changing your tires.
First, you should loosen the nuts on the flat tire using a standard socket wrench set.
The expert advised doing this with your back straight and your body weight evenly distributed to avoid overuse injuries.
After that, all you have to do is jack up the car to take the pressure off the tire you want to change.
Basic jacks can be found online for as little as £12.50, while slightly higher quality models can be had for around £30.
Make sure you attach the jack to the recommended lifting point found in your owner’s manual.
Once this is done, remove the lug nuts, making sure to remove the top one last.
This way you can remove the wheel. Be careful, however, as it’s probably harder than you think.
Simply place the spare tire on the exposed hub and ensure it is properly aligned before replacing the nuts.
Lower the car off the jack, tighten the nuts, and check the tire pressure using the recommendations in your owner’s manual.
Be aware of any restrictions on spare wheels, which are often limited to certain speeds indicated on the wheelbase.
Put the old tire in your trunk and have it replaced or repaired as soon as possible.
Unfortunately you won’t be able to contact our expert directly as Johnsons announced this week that it would be closing its Solihull branch due to capacity restrictions.
This comes after another motoring expert shared her top tips for driving in the rain.
Meanwhile, a major car brand is reportedly considering scrapping one of its most famous models, which has been rolling off the assembly line since 1975.