Changing a wheel safely on a slope requires a bit more attention than changing a wheel on a straight road. There are more chances of the car to slip or even slide without a wheel. Someone could get hurt in the process. On a slope, certain precautions must be taken to avoid accidents.
First you have to see which tire you need to change, whether it is the front or the rear. The rear ones are easier than the front ones. When you are at the curb and you have to change a rear tire, then you steer the car towards the curb, so that it locks into position and cannot roll. That would be the front of the tire if it goes down or the rear of the front tire if it goes up.
Remove the jack and its handle, the wooden blocks, the warning sign, the stepney, and the wheel wrench from the trunk. Post the warning sign for other motorists to see and the wooden blocks on the opposite side of the floor. This precaution further reinforces that your car will not move while changing the tire.
Open the wheel cap of the tire in question and loosen the lug nuts that hold it. Then take the jack and plug it where the manufacturer says in the book. If you don’t have the book, find a strong place so that the jack does not penetrate the car body, such as an axle. Raise the car as far as you can put the stepney without problems.
Open the lug nuts all the way and shift the wheel to the stepney and hand tighten the lug nuts in place, criss-cross when done to make sure the wheel is straight. Then lower the jack and tighten the wheel with a spanner again by crossing. Remove the jack and put everything back in the dickey.
If a front tire needs to be changed, you obviously can’t turn it to the curb, in which case you have to find some large stones to put behind the wheels on the other side. Wood blocks may not support the weight of your car and you don’t want it to roll at a vulnerable time. Accidents happen when people are in a hurry and don’t use common sense at the time.
If you have a puncture and have to change your wheel, always do things methodically and never in a rush. Think about the time you would lose if there were a mishap. Bad things happen and you have to deal with them. Always use the warning sign to let others know something is happening and stay away from your car.
Except for the basics, there is a lot of common sense to use throughout the entire tire changing process, putting the wood blocks for example. See where your car’s weight is going to go and counter accordingly with blocks.