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Wheels and Heels: Quick Guide to changing a puncture

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ANN’S ADVICE: Quick Guide to changing a puncture: 

(1) Make sure your car is secure on flat ground, in first gear, with the handbrake on.

(2) Next you will need a spare tyre, a jack, a wheel brace, a Hi-Vis vest and a triangle. Place the triangle about 20m behind the car to alert other drivers.

(3) Take the hubcap off the punctured wheel to expose the wheel nuts. Use the wrench to loosen the four nuts – do not fully take them off.

(4) Once this is done, jack up the car. Every car has a reinforced jacking point, you can find this in the vehicle manual.

(5) Once the car is raised sufficiently off the ground you can finish taking off the wheel nuts. Make sure you put them somewhere safe so you don’t lose them.

(6) Pull the wheel off your car and slide it under the car as an added precaution in case the car were to fall off the jack.

(7) Grab the spare tyre, lift it onto the wheel and rotate until it lines up with the four holes.

(8) Start reapplying the nuts to the spare tyre and ensure they are tightened well.

(9) Once the new tyre is in place, remove the punctured tyre from beneath the car and begin to let the car down.

(10) Remove the jack and tighten the wheel nuts as secure as you can.

(11) Call into a garage as soon as possible to get them to replace the spare tyre with a new one.

(12) There’s also no shame in ringing for help!

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The Hyundai i40 offers sharp styling, an incredibly spacious and comfortable interior, agile handling and a frugal engine, all at an affordable price. Hyundai have prioritised everyday comfort and practicality with a bold, spacious cabin and a very smooth drive.

From the exterior you’ll notice its eye-catching daytime running lights, front fog lights and commanding grille. While in the interior, you’ll find an appealing roomy cabin packed full of updated technology. The executive line spec comes with Bluetooth, front and rear parking distance control, a rear view camera and easy-to-use touchscreen sat nav all as standard.

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The i40 is a hugely spacious car with leg crossing space in both the front and the rear. There’s 500 litres
of boot space too, making it an ideal family car. Also, the i40 is a class-leading car when it comes to safety, featuring a brake assist system, ESC and nine airbags throughout the cabin. As is the case with all Hyundai vehicles, this is combined with a five-year Unlimited Mileage Warranty, five-year AA Roadside Assist as well as a five-year Free Health Check all coming as standard.

Piercing looks, an efficient engine and generous standard equipment make the Hyundai i40 a very appealing option. With prices starting from only €28,145, you can drive the comfort line for just
€330* per month, it’s definitely a very solid choice!

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