A Simple Guide To Changing A Flat TireSeptember 21, 2018
Should you ever find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere while on route to your destination during a long road trip or even just on your daily commute due to a flat tire, fret not! Here is a simple, step-by-step guide to changing that flat tire on your own.
Before you can do anything, you will need the proper equipment and a spare in your trunk. The tools that you will need in order to change out a flat tire are items that you should have stashed away in the trunk of your car at all times in case of emergency situations. These include a car jack (the tool needed to elevate the car), a lug wrench (used to loosen the lug nuts so that the wheel can be removed), a spare tire, and a wheel wedge (you can also use a rock or brick to substitute this; it is to prevent the other tires from moving so that the car is stationary).
Find the right spot to park your car at – as soon as you suspect that your tire has blown, slow down,turn your hazard lights on and stop at a safe area, such as a nearby car park or on an empty stretch of road. If you are on an expressway, exit immediately as you should not attempt to change the tire on your own while there. Remember to stop your car on flat, level road to change the tire so that the vehicle does not roll backwards or forwards during the process.
Grab your lug wrench and get started on loosening the lug nuts from the tire. Turn the wrench counter clockwise and be prepared to use a considerable amount of force as the nuts will most definitely be very tight and snug in their place. Loosen the nuts but do not remove them yet.
Place the wheel wedge, or any brick or rock that you will be using as a wedge, behind the other tires.For instance, if you are changing the front tire, block the back tires, and vice versa. Next, position the car jack under the area of the car nearest to the flat tire with the extended arm sticking out. Crank the car jack in the clockwise direction and lift the vehicle high enough for you to safely remove the tire.
Remove the lug nuts that you have loosened previously and pull the flat tire out. Place the removed tire flat on the ground so that it does not roll all over the place. At this time, take your spare tire out;most spares are stored in a recessed compartment in the trunk of the car and secured with a bolt.Line up the flat tire to the empty spot where the flat tire used to be and secure it in. Reattach the lug nuts and tighten halfway through.
Lower the car back to the ground with the car jack and finish tightening the lug nuts. Store all equipment away back into the trunk of the car and wipe your hands of any grease or tar. Mission accomplished! Congratulations, you have just changed your very first tire!
Things to take note of – a spare tire should not be used to replace your flat tire permanently and you must get it changed as soon as you can. A spare tire is merely an emergency substitute and will not be able to perform properly at speeds of more than 50-55 mph. Therefore, it is crucial that you drive slowly and cautiously after changing out a flat tire for a spare.
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