Most motorists may have face a flat tire at least. So becoming informed about the tools and methods on how to change a flat tire may be worth the effort and time to protect yourself from becoming stranded, or depending on an emergency vehicle once with their lives.
Much like being ready for changing a broken headlight, knowing how to modify a flat tire on some dark and stormy night is definitely a useful do-it-yourself survival skill for any car owner to possess.
How to change a flat tire
Switch on your hazard lights and slowly pull off the road. Get the most level surface possible, avoiding soft areas or inclines. If you have them inside the trunk, place flares or traffic cones in front and back of the car to alert other motorists that you’re in distress.
Put car in Park and your emergency brake on, or even a put standard transmission car in gear. If possible, place a wheel chock or any heavy object (a brick or rock) in the diagonally opposing wheel to prevent the car from moving.
Remove the spare tire, tire iron and also the jack from your trunk. Remove the hub cap and use the tire iron to begin loosening the lug nuts. This will more than likely require a bit of strength! If possible, stomp down on the tire iron with the foot to discharge the lug’s grip. Just be certain you’re stomping in a counterclockwise position. Go ahead and loosen all of the lug nuts, but tend not to remove the them just yet.
Next, place the jack under a safe jacking point (consult your owner’s manual) under the frame nearby the tire that you are going to change. Jack in the car only enough so that the tire is off the floor, then get rid of the lugs using the tire iron or yourself. Set the flat tire aside, and make sure to place lugs in your pocket hence they don’t get lost.
Place the spare tire about the hub, and align the tire together with the wheel studs. Once into position, screw each of the lug nuts back on by hand, then finish tightening using the tire iron.
Using the spare tire now securely in place, slowly lower the jack and pull it away from beneath the car.
With all the car now firmly on the floor, tighten the lugs again as much as possible. Replace the hub cap, and you’re on your way.
Since some spare tires are only designed for emergencies, most manufacturers don’t recommend driving on one for more than 50 miles. As soon as possible, reach the nearest service station to acquire your flat tire patched or replaced.