The condition of car tires is often overlooked until something goes wrongs. Having a blow-out is a scary experience. An experience that shouldn’t be the first sign that you need new tires.
Having a roadside assistance service is a great tool. But what happens if you have a flat tire and can’t reach anyone?
Changing a tire is not as hard as it may seem. It is also a good skill to have in case of an emergency. Plus, you never know when you may be able to assist someone else.
As a precaution, it is a good idea to have the necessary tools. This includes a spare tire in good condition, tire gauge, lug wrench, car jack, a flashlight, caution signs, and the vehicles owner’s manual.
Continue reading for a step-by-step guide to changing a flat tire.
Every attempt should be made to get your car to a safe location. Turn on your hazard lights and pull into a nearby parking lot whenever possible. At nighttime look for a well-lit area, like a gas station.
Use extreme caution if you experience a blow-out on a busy highway. Sometimes it may be best to wait for an emergency ranger.
10 Easy Steps to Change a Flat Tire
1. Turn on the hazard lights to warn other drivers to slow down.
2. Apply the emergency brakes. This will prevent the car from rolling when you lift it on the jack. Also, use tire wedges if available.
3. Place caution signs or flares at front and back of the car about one foot out. Do not impede traffic.
4. Remove the hubcap and loosen the lug nuts with the lug wrench.
5. Follow the owner’s manual on how to use the jack. Once the car is lifted remove the lug nuts and take off the flat tire. Place the bad tire in the trunk.
6. Carefully align the spare tire with the lug bolts and push it into place. Reapply the lug nuts and tighten by hand.
7. Using caution, slowly lower the car back to the ground. You can now use the lug wrench to finish tightening the lug nuts. Make sure you tighten each one.
8. Check the tire pressure of the spare tire with the tire gauge. You may need to get additional air for the tire. The owner’s manual will provide the correct tire pressure needed.
9. Gather your tire changing tools, plus the hubcap, and return them to the trunk.
10. Locate a tire repair shop to have a new tire installed and the others checked. Never drive on a spare tire for an extended period. The owner’s manual provides the maximum mileage for the manufacturer’s spare tire.
There is No Time Like the Present to Check Your Tires
In most cases, a flat tire can be prevented. Remember to check your tires regularly for normal wear and tire. Follow the car manual’s routine maintenance guide, and do not overlook obvious signs of damage.
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