Getting a flat tire is something that is somewhat inevitable. You don’t want to be that person who is stuck on the side of the road without knowing what to do. Many people solely rely on family or friends to rescue them, or professional roadside assistance services to change your flat tire. Due to the frequent occurrence of flat tires, most car manufactures have made the process of changing flat tires simple and generic.
It is recommended to make sure everything looks good and is in good working order before you make a long commute or go on a road trip. Simple things like inspecting your tires, changing or topping off your oil, and making sure your wheels are properly aligned can help you avoid running into any problems on your journey.
If your tires look like they have been on Best drug-free practices of potency improvement. Easy and free t… one too many road trips, it might be worthwhile to invest in getting some new tires. You will eventually need new tires, so getting them before you go on a trip could save you a lot of trouble. No one likes to be stuck on the side of the road miles away from help.
All cars should come equipped with tools to change a flat tire, such as a simple jack and lug wrench. Furthermore, making sure that you have a spare tire and that it isn’t flat is a good thing to check. If your tools are missing or something is wrong with your spare, make sure you get it taken care of as soon as possible.
How To Change A Flat Tire
- Pull over safely. If you’re on the highway, take the next exit, even if you have to drive on the blown tire. If you are unable to make it to the next exit, pull onto the shoulder as far as possible so that you are off the road. If possible when you find a place to park, avoid hills and curves where you aren’t as visible to oncoming traffic. If you have a manual transmission, leave your car in gear and be sure to set your parking brake.
- Prep the area for work. Get out your the jack, wrench and spare tire that you’ll need and turn on your hazard lights for safety.
- Loosen the lug nuts. Using the wrench, loosen the lug nuts (don’t remove them yet) by turning the wrench to the left, or counter-clockwise. You may need to remove the hubcap.
- Lift the vehicle. Read in your owner’s manual to determine the best place to put the car jack, and then jack up the car until it is lifted around 6 inches off the ground.
- Remove the tire. Finish removing the lug nuts and make sure to not lose them. Then pull the tire straight towards your body to remove it from the wheel base.
- Replace the tire with the spare. Line up the lug nut posts with the holes in the spare tire and then push it all the way onto the base until it is all the way on. Replace the lug nuts. They don’t have to be tight, but they should be secure enough to get your car lowered without them falling off.
- Lower the vehicle. Using the jack, bring your car back down to ground level and check all the lug nuts one more time to be safe. Start with one nut and then move to the one directly opposite of it. Then gradually work your way around the wheel until all lug nuts are as tight as they can be.
We hope this information is helpful as you begin your next road trip. If you need assistance in the Chubbuck or Pocatello area or would like some verbal instruction over the phone, call us today at (208) 238-2300. You can always stop by our Tire Discounter store in Chubbuck as well!