Flat tires: here’s the salvation guide
A Step-by-step guide on How to Change a Flat Tire
A flat tire happens to just about every driver. For those that haven’t changed a flat, we have tips on how it’s done.
1. Preparation is Key
It is always a good idea to be prepared for automotive emergencies. First, consider some common sense things like a shovel for the winter, a first aid kit, and a set of jumper cables. While you’re at it, if your car is older, make sure you have all things required for changing a flat tire. This would be a spare tire, your car jack, and a lug wrench. You may not believe often this sort of stuff is taken out of a car and never put back in.
2. Find a Place to Stop
What will happen when you have a flat is that side of the car that the flat is on will drop down and you’ll hear a rapid fluttering sound. First thing to do when that happens is to pull off the road. Ensure that you’re pulled over as far as possible to lessen the likelihood of getting struck by other cars.
3. Get out Your Equipment
If you’re prepared, you’ll be familiar with the location of this gear. If not, look in your owner’s manual for where it is. First, remove the hubcap if it’s in the way of access to the lug nuts. Next, you want to break each lug nut loose BEFORE jacking. That’s done with the lug wrench and turning all lug nuts counter-clockwise just a half a turn or so.
4. Raising the Vehicle
With the lug nuts loose, you now lift the vehicle up in the air. Consult the car’s owner’s manual to see where to secure the jack on the vehicle and start cranking. It’s best to put a big rock or piece of wood in front of a tire so the car can’t roll at all. While jacking your truck or car, make sure to lift it high enough that the wheel comes off the ground with a good amount of clearance.
5. Installing & Tightening
Now that the flat tire has been taken off, it’s time to put the space on. Simply lift it up and push it into place, ensuring all the studs align with the openings of the rims. Next, spin the lug nuts on to the wheel studs so they’re tight.
After that’s done, ensure nothing is left underneath the vehicle, then carefully lower down the jack. With the jack safely out of the way, tighten the lug nuts (clockwise) with your lug wrench. Make sure they are quite tight. This is what you need to do according to the Service Manager at Waldorf, a full-service Dodge and RAM car dealer in Waldorf, MD. Finally, with everything put back inside the car, you can continue on your way.
6. But Mind your Speed!!!
Be warned, many compact spare tires are speed limited to around fifty miles an hour so take it easy getting to your final destination.
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