Have your spare tyre, car jack, and wheel wrench available. Only use the car jack provided with your car, using a different jack or your jack on another vehicle could damage the vehicle.
Remove the wheel trim and loosen the wheel nuts with the wrench 1/2 a turn. Find the jacking point on your vehicle (illustrated in your car manual) nearest to the tyre that you wish to change. Place the jack below it and raise it level with the car, align the jacking point so it is resting in the jack tab.
Raise the tyre off the ground by turning the jack handle clockwise. Unscrew the wheel nuts with the wrench and remove the flat tyre. Slot the spare tyre into place and replace the wheel nuts as tight as possible with your fingers. Tighten them with the wheel wrench but not completely, do this in a criss-cross pattern.
Lower the car back to the ground. Finish tightening the nuts securely with the wrench in the same criss-cross manner as before. Replace your wheel trim.
Store the flat tyre in the area where the spare was located. Take your car to a car garage as soon as possible, the spare tyre is only a temporary replacement and will not suffice in the long term.
Words by Jordan Waller, with mechanic John Palmowski.
Illustrations by Nick Hardcastle