How to Change a Flat Tire
Experiencing a flat tire can be frightening for many drivers. In some cases, roadside assistance is not readily available, and you have to wait for hours to get help. Do you know that changing a flat tire is not so difficult? Here we have given detailed instructions on how to change a flat tire!
What Equipment Do You Need
Before You Start
The first thing you need to do is find a safe place to park. Don’t park your car on a narrow road, at the corner, or on an incline or the grass. If you are traveling on the highway, find a straight stretch of the highway and park your vehicle on the roadside. Switch on the hazard lights. It's always a good idea to read your car owner's manual before you begin.
Prepare Your Vehicle
Put your car in “Park” and engage the parking brake. Put the wedges/chocks behind the wheel opposite to the flat tire. For example, if the front wheel has a flat tire, the wedges/chocks should be put behind the right-rear wheel. Remove the hubcap if it is covering the lug nuts.
Loosen the Lug Nuts
Place the wrench on the lug nut and turn the wrench in an anti-clockwise direction. You may have to apply force or use your body weight to turn the wrench. If the lug nuts are too tight, use a generous amount of nut loosener solution to dissolve the rust in lug nuts and then try again. Don’t remove the lug nuts completely.
Position the Jack Under Your Car
Read the car owner’s manual to find the right jacking point. Position the jack at the right place under the car and crank/pump the jack to lift the car. The flat tire should be raised at least six inches above the ground.
Remove the Flat Tire
With the lug nuts loosened, unscrew the lug nuts by hand, remove them completely and set them aside. Remove the flat tire from lug bolts and keep it aside.
Mount the Spare Tire
Mount spare tire on the lug bolts and make sure the lug nuts are protruding outside. Push the tire inwards if necessary. Place the lug nuts on the lug bolts and tighten them by hand.
Lower the Vehicle
Lower the vehicle and use the wrench to tighten the lug nuts. Place the wrench on lug nuts and turn it in a clockwise direction.
After reading this detailed post, you can see that changing a flat tire is quite easy. Learning this skill can save you time and money. Next time you face a flat tire situation, follow this step-by-step guide, and you will be back on the road in no time.