Flat tires are common, whether you drive on urban streets where sharp implements may pierce a tire, or whether you drive on rough country roads. No matter where you are on the road, you will get moving quicker if you can change your own tire instead of waiting for help.
You can also save a ton of money on auto repair costs and mechanic fee’s by changing your own tire. The best method to continually save extra money when buying the auto parts listed below is to make sure you use any ongoing promotions and coupons you find for auto parts (we found some here: http://auto-essentials.com/advance-auto-promo-codes/ )when looking to purchase the right tools. This will ensure that you’ve not only saved the most money on this whole process, but you’ll also have the tools for future use.
Step 1 – Check for Safety
Ensure you have not pulled over in a dangerous location, such as on a blind corner where other drivers may not see you. Put on your hazard lights. Check the ground is as flat as possible, as changing your car tire on a slope can be dangerous. Make sure you apply the handbrake firmly and, if possible, chock the wheel that is diagonally opposite to the one you need to change.
Step 2 – Find Your Equipment
You need to get all of the equipment you will need to change the tire out of the car first. Locate the spare tire. If it is a space-Ewing spare tire, it won’t be as thick or as strong as a normal tire, so if you do need to travel a long distance, you may want to put it on the back and exchange a good rear tire for the flat one on the front of the car. Remove the spare tire from the boot and place it next to the flat tire.
Locate the car jack, which in the majority of cars will be a scissor lift style jack in the floor in the boot. Find the wheel brace, which may be located in a foam section near the spare tire or in a tool pouch.
Step 3 – Jack Up the Car
Before you jack up the car, loosen the wheel nuts on the flat tire approximately one quarter turn, to reduce the strain on the jack. Locate the jack positioning tabs under the car chassis You may need to refer to a placard in the glove box or on the driver’s door or pillar in the car.
Position the jack on the ground and wind up by hand. Check the base of the jack is directly under the tabs and not further under the car. Using the tools provided, jack the car up until the bottom of the flat tire is just touching the ground. Remove half of the wheel nuts. Continue to jack the car up until there is 15 to 20 ml (1,12 to 3,14 of an inch) clearance beneath the bottom of the tire.
Step 4 – Remove the Flat Tire
Remove the remaining wheel nuts on the flat tire. Take care with the last one that the tire doesn’t slip off until you are ready to remove it. With all the wheel nuts removed, gently remove the flat tire from the wheel and place it behind you out of the way, and where you can sit on it, as you put on the spare tire. This will ensure that you are not to low to lift the tire onto the wheel lug nuts.
Step 5 – Fit Spare Tire
Ease the spare tire onto the wheel and secure half of the wheel nuts by hand in an alternating pattern. Lower the jack until the tire is just in contact with the ground. Fit
the remaining nuts and tighten all the wheel nuts gently with the wheel brace. Lower the car weight onto the tire and remove the jack. Tighten all of the wheel nuts securely using the wheel brace.
Step 6 – Drive Away
Before you drive away, put the flat tire and all of your tools into your car. Move the car ten feet, apply the handbrake, and check the wheel nuts are all tightly secured.
Congratulations, you have learned how to change to a flat tire on your car.