Roadside Assistance Basics: How to Change a Flat Tire?
Getting a flat tire is a common situation almost all automobile owners face while in the middle of the road, freeway, or even the highway. For those who are more experienced on the road, they have become accustomed to change their flat tire and can solve it with no problem. However, if you are unfamiliar with simple automobile repairs do not worry; by remembering these tips and steps, you no longer have to push your call all the way to the nearest repair shop to change one flat tire.
Whenever you are on the road, be sure to have these essential items in the trunk of your car. Flat tires can happen in an instant; if you do not want to create a bothersome situation for yourself and the other drivers, having these items at the ready will lead to a quick and easy change.
- A jack
- A lug wrench with a socket on one end and a pry cab on the other
- A tire block (optional)
- A spare tire
- Before you begin to replace the flat tire of your car, your vehicle must be stationed in a safe place. If you are in the middle of the road, move your vehicle to the side so you do not aggravate the other drivers. It will also create a spacious area for you to be able to change the tire. It is also important to note that the ideal place for you to pull over is supposed to be a flat surface. If your tire gets flat while you are driving on an inclined surface, turn on your service lights and look for a better spot to change the flat tire.
- Once that is done, place your car into brake and turn on the car’s service lights. This will alert the other drivers that you are experiencing an automobile problem and will make them understand why you have pulled over.
- To secure your vehicle, place the tire block in front or behind your wheel. This will prevent your car from rolling out of control and creating more damage to itself and the others on the road. If you do not have a tire block with you, a heavy rock, brick, or even a spare tire will do the same job.
- To begin the tire change process, remove the wheel’s hubcap with a screwdriver. To do this, insert the screwdriver between the hubcap and the wheel and begin to pull; the hubcap should pop right out.
- Next, loosen the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Insert the lug nut into the wrench’s socket and begin turning counterclockwise. DO NOT REMOVE THE NUTS COMPLETELY; loosen them until it is easy for you to remove them by hand.
- Place the jack under the edge of your car and raise your vehicle 6 inches off the ground.
- Once your vehicle is off the ground, remove the lug nuts by hand and then grab the flat tire with both hands and pull it towards you.
- Refit the new tire into the lug bolts.
- After the new tire has been placed, replace the lug nuts and tighten them by hand. You do not have to tighten them all the way because once you lower your vehicle you have to retighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench either way.
- To complete the whole process, place the hubcap on the new wheel before returning your tools to the back of the trunk.
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