You’re stranded on the side of the highway and you need to get your tire fixed ASAP. What do you do? Well, if there’s a mechanic nearby, call them up! But what if there isn’t one around? Don’t worry – in this blog post we’ll show you how to change a flat tire on your own.
Here are the steps:
First, locate your spare tire. It should be in a compartment under or behind one of your car’s seats or in your trunk. You’ll need to consult your car manual for directions on how to open it up.
Once you’ve found it, look inside the trunk and grab some tools that might come in handy. These include a lug wrench, jack and tire iron.
The lug wrench will help you take off the wheel nuts while the jack helps lift up your car so that you can change out its flat tire for the spare one.
If there are any rocks or other objects in your way, get them out of the way with a rake or broom to give yourself more room to work with.
Once you’ve got your spare tire out and all the tools ready, place the wheel wrench over one of your car’s lug nuts and use it to twist them off until they’re loose enough that you can take them completely off.
Next, fit the jack under your vehicle so that its arms are supporting the car’s weight and use it to raise your vehicle so that you can fit the spare tire on.
Unscrew your lug nuts in a “star shape” pattern, and set them aside in a safe place. Now, you should be able to remove your tire without much effort!
Simply remove your flat tire and replace with your spare.
After you’ve got the spare tire on, tighten up your lug nuts slightly, lower your car back down and remove the jack. Then use your tire iron to tighten up all of your lug nuts by twisting them with until they’re tight enough that they won’t come off again when you go driving around town.
It’s important to get your tire fixed or replaced as soon as possible. Spare tires are not meant to go too fast (generally under 40 miles per hour).
If you’ve gotten a flat tire, the team at Fletcher’s Garage is ready to help with a new tire or tire repair. Contact us at our Fairless Hills Garage for an estimate!