How To Fix A Flat Tire In 7 Simple Steps
A flat tire is unavoidable and when it does happen to you, it’s best that you are prepared for it. You don’t want to get stuck on the side of the road without any spare tire, lug wrench or jack or even a mobile phone to call for help. So, here’s what you need to know about fixing a flat tire.
1 – Always bring a spare tire, jack and lug wrench. Many people forget to check if these things are in their vehicle. It is a fact that half of the second-hand cars purchased in the U.S. don’t have the tools needed to properly fix a flat tire. Your lug wrench should fit your car. You may be tempted to just take a lug wrench out of any car and put it in your own vehicle without checking if it fits the lugs on your car.
A large screwdriver may be needed if you have wheel covers. You can use the screwdriver to pop off the wheel covers. Of course, the lock adapter is also very important. A lot of people may choose the chrome, alloy wheels and install a lug lock to prevent any possibility of them getting stolen. Don’t lose the lock adapter or you will not be able to change the tire without having your car towed to the nearest car dealership where they will need to remove and replace the lug spindle. This is a very expensive service.
2 – To be safe, always bring reflectors and flares. If you’ve encountered a flat in a dark area, you should warn other drivers about your situation. Pack extra batteries and flashlight for night use. If you cannot see what you are doing, everything would be pointless. Now, when you do have a flat tire, you need to pull off the road. If you’re on a packed interstate drive, pull off slowly until you are in a flat and safe area. Park your car and activate the emergency brake. Put flares or reflectors in order to warn other drivers. The spacing will vary depending on whether you’re on a straightaway or a hilly curve.
3 – Put the jack under your car on the jack mount area. This area is particularly made for the jack. Look at your owner’s manual if you don’t have any idea about its location.
4 – Loosen the nuts and crank the jack until the flat tire is a few inches off the ground. Take out the wheel and nuts.
5 – Place the spare tire on. Tighten every lug finger properly.
6 – Lower the jack to prevent the wheel from turning and then use the lug wrench to tighten all nuts. Lower the jack completely and remove it.
7 – Drive to the nearest auto service station and have your flat repaired, reinstalled or replaced. This is important as many spare tires are not really full spares and not very safe.
Your safety is very important. Always bring these items with you so that you can fix or replace your tire easily.