Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Spieler's DIY: Changing a Flat Tire

Most people will have the unfortunate opportunity to have to change a flat tire sometime during their lifetime.  If you’re lucky, the flat will happen when your car is parked.  If not, then learning how to change a tire quickly on the side of the road will keep you safer, and eliminate some stress. The best car dealership near Jefferson City knows that flat tires always seem to come at inconvenient times. If you do get a flat, just follow these steps from the most trusted car dealer in Mid-Missouri and you will be back on the road in no time.

Gather Your Tools

To keep your car from rolling away, place something in front of the back and front tires. Grab your spare tire, jack and tire iron. You may be saying to yourself, “Where are my jack and spare located on my car?” It may be worth the time to look for it before the flat happens. A great resource to look at is the owner’s manual for the vehicle. Place the jack under the frame near the tire you are about to change. Raise the jack until it is supporting (but not lifting) the car.  Raising the vehicle too high may cause it to fall off the jack and injure you in the process. You're now ready to begin removing the flat tire.

Loosen The Lug Nuts

Remove your hubcap and loosen the nuts by turning them counterclockwise (remember the saying “leftie loosey”, “righty tighty”) just enough to break the resistance. Don't remove them all the way yet. It's much easier to loosen them while the wheel is on the ground!

Raise Your Vehicle With Your Jack

Crank the jack to lift your vehicle high enough to have the flat tire entirely off the ground. Make sure the car is stable as you lift. If there is any instability, lower the jack and fix the problem before you fully lift the car.

Out With The Old, In With The New

Remove the lug nuts the rest of the way, turning them counterclockwise as you did before. Now you can remove the flat tire from the hub and replace it with the spare tire.

Tighten The Lug Nuts

Tighten the nuts until they are snug. Lower your car until the tire is touching the ground, but not all the weight is on the tire and tighten the nuts as much as possible. Completely lower your car to the ground and remove the jack. Finish tightening the nuts and then replace the hubcap. Put the flat tire in your trunk and go to the most trusted service center in Missouri so you can get a new full-sized tire put on as soon as possible.

Spieler's Wants You to be Safe!

Spieler's Inc. wants to keep drivers safe and educated on the road. We recommend practicing a tire change in the driveway; it will make you more comfortable with the process and make a real incident much less stressful. Always remember to carry a small toolkit in the vehicle so you can fix small problems like a flat tire without the need to wait for a mechanic or tow.

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