Just like everything in this world, having a flat tire is also inevitable especially if you are always on the road. For some who knew how to change a flat tire, this task can be child’s play. But what if you are unprepared for this task?
Here is comprehensive yet shortened steps that can help you in replacing your flat tire.
Visualize your Situation
So, you have a flat tire. Do you have tools to replace it? Do you have an extra tire to use? If the answer to these are yes, then move aside and look for a spot where you can start your task. Bring out your tools.
What do you need? Make sure you have your lug wrench, a jack, and spare tire.
Remove the Flat Tire
To remove the flat tire, secure your car first with a wheel chock or a big stone to make sure that your car won’t roll once it is up in the air. With your lug wrench, position yourself under your car and start removing the lug nuts out of the flat tire.
Position your jack under the wheel you are trying to remove. Find the jack point and position your jack to crank up the wheel until it goes up. Once you see a distance between the wheel and the ground, you can safely remove the tire.
Remove the loosened lug nuts then take off the flat tire.
Putting the Spare in Its Place
Before you put your spare tire in its place, check it first. Check its pressure. Know if you need to stop to a service station once you put in the new tire.
Align the spare wheel with the holes and studs. Push it in. Place the lugs back, tighten it. Once all lugs are secure with your wrench, put the car down by turning the jack in the opposite direction.
Once the new tire is on the ground, double-check the lugs, make sure all is fit and tight. Now you can drive slowly and check if you feel anything on your new tire. Everything feels okay? Then all is good!
Handy Tools You Might Need
Just to be on the safe side, it would be great as well if you can have gloves, rain jacket, wheel wedges, flashlights with batteries, and a mat on your car. These items can make your tire-changing experience a lot easier.
Also, knowing how to replace your flat tire is good but knowing how to care for your tires is better. Remember, it is always better to prevent an issue than to solve one.
Make sure to always check your tire pressure. Inflate it properly and regularly. Understand how to rotate your tires properly in accordance with your car manufacturer’s guidelines. According to professionals, you should rotate your tires every 5000 to 7000 miles. This will ensure that tires will wear at the same time. Also, don’t forget to check your tire tread’s depth on a regular basis.
Tire maintenance doesn’t just prevent having a flat tire, it can also lengthen the life of your tires.