How to Easily Change a Flat Tire
Did you know that there are about 7 tire punctures every second, resulting in 220 million flat tires per year? This means that on average, every driver will experience 5 flat tires over the course of their life. While these numbers may be scary, getting a flat tire while isolated from others can be even scarier. But don’t worry, if you follow these 5 simple steps outlined here you can rest easy knowing that you have the necessary knowledge to fix your next flat tire.
What you will need
- Car Jack
- Tire Iron
- Spare tire
- Owner’s Manual
- Tire Wedges
1. Stay calm and steer to a safe location
If a flat occurs while you are driving you may experience a temporary loss of control, but don’t panic and try to over correct. Simply grasp your steering wheel firmly and let the car’s momentum slow down while you smoothly steer to a safe location. Do NOT slam on your brakes, as this could make your traction worse. Once fully stopped, turn on your hazard lights and apply your parking brake.
2. Gather your tools
Once you are in a safe spot away from the traffic you will then need to gather your tools. You will need a properly inflated spare tire, a wrench to remove the nuts off your flat tire, a jack to lift your car off the ground (usually located in your vehicle’s trunk), tire wedges to prevent your vehicle from rolling, and finally, you will need your vehicle’s owner manual.
3. Lift your car off the ground
Refer to your owner’s manual to see where to properly position the jack under your vehicle. Loosen the nuts that secure the wheel to the car, but do not fully remove the wheel. Once the nuts are loose, use the jack to lift your vehicle just enough so that the tire is able to spin freely. Remove the nuts and set them in a secure spot, and remove the flat tire.
4. Replace the flat tire
Put the inflated spare tire on and use your hands to tighten the bolts. Once on, slowly lower your vehicle until it rests on the ground. Use your tire wrench to tighten the bolts in a crisscross pattern.
5. Replace all tools
Once complete, make sure you replace all your tools back to their appropriate locations.
Check out the short video below to see how easy it is to change a spare on your own with the proper equipment.
We hope after reading this you feel more confident in changing a spare tire on your own. Getting a flat tire does not have to ruin your day or an entire trip, simply follow these steps and you will be back on the road in no time.
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