How To Fix A Flat

images-7.jpegChanging a tire isn’t difficult it just takes a little know-how.  You need to make sure you have all the required tools, and practice putting the spare tire on at least once.  Of course, in the best of all worlds, tires wouldn’t go flat.  However, in our world, they do, so you must be prepared.

The smart thing to do is to join a road service program so that someone else can fix your car problems.  However, it is wise to learn how to change your own tire just in case you breakdown outside the normal range of help.

To change a tire you will need a few materials and tools.  Make sure you have a tire iron, tire jack, spare tire, and a four-way lug wrench.  When your tire goes flat try to get to flat ground.  Use the tire iron to take off the hubcap.  Use your four-way lug wrench to loosen all of the lug nuts.  Next, jack the car up very carefully.  Remove the lug nuts the rest of the way.  Now you are ready to remove the tire.

Place the new tire onto the studs and align holes.  Replace the lug nuts.  After this, lower the jack slowly and take it out from underneath the car.  Now, make sure to tighten lug nuts again.  Finally, place the hubcap back on and you are ready to roll.

If you practice these steps a couple of times you should be proficient at changing a tire.  However, you never know when you will run into a problem that you can’t fix.  Make sure you are covered with road service in case of an emergency.

Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 at 8:01 pm In Road Service  

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