How You Change A Flat Tire?

Changing a Flat TireKnowing how to change a tire is definitely something you need to know and you most certainly want to make sure your teenage drivers know.  Relying on a cell phone and tow truck to save you in a roadside emergency can be dangerous.  You may not have service, you may not be in a good area to wait, etc.  Flat tires are going to happen and they can happen anywhere. A cell phone is no substitute for knowing how to change it yourself.  Don’t worry, changing a tire isn’t all that hard! Just adhere to the following guidelines to be prepared in case you have a flat.

What You Will Need:

These items should be within your vehicle at all times:

  • Jack
  • Lug wrench
  • Fully inflated spare tire
  • Vehicle owner’s manual

Removing the tire:

  1. Move to the side of the road safely, put on your hazard lights and set your emergency break.
  2. Find your spare tire and tools (lug wrench and a jack) – usually in the trunk or under the car (but you can check in your owner manual as well).
  3. Remove the wheel’s hubcap. Don’t remove the lug nuts – just loosen them up.
  4. See your manual to find the right place to lift the car with the jack.
  5. Lift the car until the wheel is off the ground.
  6. Remove the lug nuts and then the tire with both hands.

Mounting the spare:

  1. Align the holes on the spare with the bolts on the wheel and push the tire in as far as it will go.
  2. Replace lug nuts and tighten.
  3. Replace the opposite lug nuts (this ensures they are tightened evenly).
  4. Lower your car.
  5. Retighten each lug nut, then its opposite.

A few more tips:

  • Carry a pair of sturdy gloves and a garbage bag in your trunk, in case the tire you’re removing is covered in mud and a sturdy board to place your jack on in case the ground is soft, to avoid the jack sinking in.
  • Check the inflation pressure of the spare tire before mounting. If this is not possible, once mounted, drive carefully at low speed until it can be checked.
  • Visit the nearest service station and inflate the tire correctly.
  • If you have a mini spare, make sure you stay within its speed and mileage requirements
  • Visit your garage to find a replacement tire.

Wheel nuts

  • Where necessary, use light machine oil on the wheel nut threads to help their removal.
  • Poorly tightened wheel nuts risk damage the brake discs or wheel mounting system.
  • Use a torque wrench to make sure you tighten the nuts correctly with the correct torque.
    If you don’t have a torque wrench get a tire specialist to check them as soon as possible. This will ensure the correct torque has been applied.
  • Correctly tightened wheel nuts will also make it easy to remove them.