Changing your racing wheels has never been this simple!
|By: Neomy | Oct 5 2012 | 620 words | 914 hits|
Having to change your tires along the way is not the best experience. But if you encounter a puncture during racing, this should not worry you or bring down your racing spirit. Changing your wheels is very easy. You can do it within a very short time, continue with the race and win the race just as you had planned.
The most affected people when it comes to changing wheels are ladies. You will find a lady opening her car bonnet and trying to fix some wires only to go to her rescue and find that it’s actually the wheel that has a puncture! They do this, not because they don’t know that the wheel is the problem, but because they don’t know how to go about fixing the wheel.
During a race, it’s very essential that you have the tips of fixing wheels at your finger tips. Anything can happen.
Below is the process on how to replace your racing wheels.
Park the car safely
The first thing you do is park your car on the side of the road. This is to ensure that you do not block other vehicles on the race. It is also good for your safety. The ground should be level to ensure the vehicle is balanced. After parking, you should light the hazard lights to alert other coming cars that an activity is taking place. This you do if it’s at night. If it’s during the day, you do not have to put on the lights. All you have to do is put the accident sign board in front of your vehicle and at the back.
If you do not find a level surface, you should apply the brakes and put some heavy object behind the front and rear wheels. But if it’s on a cliff and you are driving downwards, put the heavy objects in front of the rear and the front racing wheels. This is to prevent the vehicle from moving freely and maybe causing an accident.
Get The Jack and the spare wheel
The next step you take is getting the floor jack and the spare wheel. Use the floor jack to lift the car by placing it under the vehicle near the racing wheel that you want to replace. Ensure that it holds firmly onto the ground.
Remove the wheel
Next, remove the wheel by unfastening the lug nuts using the spanner. If the wheel has a hub cup, remove it to access the lugnuts. These are the nuts connecting the racing wheel to the vehicle. The spanner has a hole which holds the lug nuts. Rotate the spanner clockwise to loosen the nuts. Do this for all the nuts. Do not throw them away because you will need them to fasten the other wheel. When the nuts are all out, remove the wheel carefully and put it on the ground.
Fix the spare wheel
Take the spare wheel and place it where the punctured wheel was. Take the nuts and start fastening them in place using your hands. Turn them anti-clockwise until they can rotate no more. Take the spanner and tighten the remaining bit as tight as possible.
Remove the Jack
When you are sure that the racing wheel is firmly held, lower the vehicle and remove the jack. Check the nuts to ensure that they are tightly held too. If not, tighten them again. Place back the hubcap.
Take the jack, the spanner and the punctured wheel and put them in your car trunk. After doing this, you are ready to continue with your race.
Replacing a punctured racing wheel is a very fast process and should not be a reason for you not to win a race. You can view most of the best racing wheels at American Racing Wheels stores.
Neomy John is an online article writer. She writes informational articles on trucks, wheels and related truck accessories. You can find more of her work on wheels at 4wheelonline page. American Racing Wheels