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Why do the nuts need to be removed in a specific order when changing a tyre?

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Whether you are all clued up on tyre changing procedures or you’re new to this whole thing, there’s one important thing to remember when removing a vehicle’s wheel. This important thing we are referring to is of course the order in which you remove the nuts.

Ideally when loosening or replacing the nuts you should not go in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction. You should begin with one and then move on to the one opposite it or, in the case where you have more than 4 nuts in place, move on to any nut in the opposite direction to the one you started with. This is called a cross pattern.

Supa Quick Quickademy – The correct order to remove a car’s wheel nuts for 4, 5, and 6 nut patterns.

Using this method will keep the wheel sitting straight on the hub, reducing the chance of components moving or shifting. This will ensure that you won’t do any damage to your wheel and your nuts will be tight after you fit them again.

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