holds Battle of the Sexes: tyre change challenge

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So who do you think is better at changing tyres – men or women? Place your bets and then take a look at this video posted by

It’s the first of their Battle of the Sexes challenges and it pits editor-in-chief, Clare Francis, against head of publishing, Dan Bolger, to find out who can change a tyre the quickest – and there is a surprising twist at the end…

We don’t want to give anything away, so you will have to watch and see what happens yourself at

However, we do want to stress – as does – how important it is to be able to change a tyre, which is why they have also included these step-by-step instructions on how to get the job done:

How to change a tyre

If you suffer a flat tyre, pull over in a safe place with a level, hard surface.

Step one:

Switch off the engine, turn on your hazard lights and apply the handbrake (or place the car in parking ‘P’ mode if automatic).

Step two:

Remove the spare and any tools from the boot and then place the jack in the vehicle’s recommended jacking point, making sure the jacking point properly engages, and then extend the jack until you feel the car lift slightly on its springs. Check the manual if you’re at all unsure where the jacking point is.

Step three:

Loosen the wheel nuts using the vehicle’s wheel brace and locking wheel nut adaptor, if required, making sure to brace your body when the wheel nut ‘cracks’.

Step four:

With the nuts slightly loosened, you can then fully jack the car so the wheel is just clear of the ground. Remove the nuts and keep the wheel in place using your knee or toes until both hands are free to remove the wheel.

Step five:

Once the wheel is off, place the spare wheel on and secure it in place by loosely fitting the top nut first and then loosely fit the remaining nuts.

Step six:

Carefully lower the car so the wheel touches the ground before fully tightening the nuts in a diagonal sequence.

Step seven:

With the nuts tightened, place the tools and damaged wheel in the carrier or boot-well ,and you’re good to go.

Step eight:

At the first opportunity, check the tyre pressure of the wheel you have just fitted to make sure it is correct and get the damaged tyre replaced as soon as possible.

If you are still hungry for more videos on how to change a tyre, take a look at our short film which shows that changing a tyre really is child’s play.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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