How You Change A Flat Tire?
Knowing 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:
- Lug wrench
- Fully inflated spare tire
- Vehicle owner’s manual
Removing the tire:
- Move to the side of the road safely, put on your hazard lights and set your emergency break.
- 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).
- Remove the wheel’s hubcap. Don’t remove the lug nuts – just loosen them up.
- See your manual to find the right place to lift the car with the jack.
- Lift the car until the wheel is off the ground.
- Remove the lug nuts and then the tire with both hands.
Mounting the spare:
- Align the holes on the spare with the bolts on the wheel and push the tire in as far as it will go.
- Replace lug nuts and tighten.
- Replace the opposite lug nuts (this ensures they are tightened evenly).
- Lower your car.
- 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.
- 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.