Evaluate Your SituationOnce you notice a flat tire, take a look around. Ensure you are in a safe location to change out the tire. If you are on the side of the road, try to draw attention to your vehicle. An orange cone or flashers on your vehicle can help to notify other motorists that you having issues and working on your car.
Get Your Tools TogetherAfter you are in a safe environment to change a tire, the first step is to get your spare tire out and ready to replace the old. You will also want to gather all tools needed to change the tire. Having these items nearby can help the process go quicker and more smoothly.
Loosen Your Lug NutsWhile the tire is still on the ground, use your wrench to loosen the lug nuts. The counter pressure of the tire on the ground helps to easily loosen the lugs. It can be difficult to loosen the nuts if it is suspended in the air and spinning.
Jack the Car UpOnce the lugs are loosened, you can use your vehicle’s jack to raise the car up. This helps to take the weight of the vehicle off the tire that needs to be removed.
Remove & Replace TireAfter the lugs are removed, you can take the flat tire off and place it to the side. When placing the spare tire, line up the bolts with the holes in the rim.
Secure the Lug NutsAfter the bolt and rims have been lined up, it’s time to screw the lug nuts back on the tire. After you get all the lugs replaced and hand tightened, you can lower the jack back down. After the vehicle is back on the ground, use your lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts on as tight as possible. This will hold the tire on the vehicle’s frame, so it’s important to tighten them well.
Here at Spieler’s Inc., we always want you to be safe and know how to handle a flat tire if you need to change one. While there are precautions, you can take to avoid wearing your tires out quickly, sometimes it is just bad luck. Now that you are more educated about changing a flat tire, you can feel more confident if you find yourself in this situation. To help avoid blowing out a tire, have us look at your tires next time you are in for an oil change. We look forward to helping keep you safe on the roadways in mid-Missouri!
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