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Supported by The British Army

Rubber for the road

Try not to get in a spin as we learn about removing and replacing the wheel on a vehicle.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Replacement wheel
  • Wheel wrench
  • Access to a motorcycle (with the correct manual)

You may need to change a wheel for many reasons such as a flat tyre or unbalanced wheel. It is very important to make sure it’s done right as your wheels are what keep you on the road, turn you where you want to go and help you stop too. Changing a wheel can be quite simple but must be done correctly every time to avoid causing an accident.

Guidelines

  • Changing the wheel on a motorcycle can be much different and more difficult than changing one on a car.
  • When removing motorcycle wheels the brake calipers will need to be removed from the brake discs. You may also need to remove axles and the drive chain, this process will be different on every motorcycle.
  • You must make sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and if you are at all unsure you should have the wheel removed or replaced by a professional mechanic.

Reflection

This activity was all about developing skills. Why’s it useful to be able to get stuck in to vehicle maintenance? It helps keep people safe and can save you money too. It’s also better for the environment to look after vehicles so less resources are used to repair avoidable faults (or even replace cars). Was it easy to learn this skill? Is this skill the same for every single vehicle, or would people still need to check the manual?

This activity also gave people the chance to be independent. How did it feel to get stuck in to a practical task? What role did the adults have in this activity? They supervised to make sure no one (and no vehicles) got hurt.

Safety

Chemicals

This task involves the use of potentially harmful fluids or chemicals. Make sure you follow all relevant safety guidance. Make sure you dispose of them appropriately too, in line with safety guidance.

Manufacturer’s guidelines

All vehicles will be different so always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.

PPE

Before completing this activity make sure you have suitable personal protective equipment (PPE). This could include eye or ear protection, gloves, and anything else you need to protect yourself. You’ll know what you need as a result of completing the risk assessment for the activity.

Vehicle readiness

Before completing this activity, make sure that the engine’s fully cooled. The vehicle should be parked on flat, stable ground with the parking break applied.

Outdoor activities

You must have permission to use the location. Always check the weather forecast and inform parents and carers of any change in venue.

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.