How to Change a Flat Tire

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Everyone has a flat tire at some point in their driving life but when it happens, don’t sweat it. The car manufacturers know that “flats” are a fact of life and have placed all the tools you need on-board so you can change it quickly. In case you have never done it before, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you. You may want to print it out and keep it in your glove box. For all you visual learners out there, there are a number of videos on Youtube that can help you out via your smartphone also.

Note: The auto technicians at Bossier (http://www.bossierchryslerdodgejeep.net) want to remind you spare tire is not meant for extended travel, so only use your spare tire to drive to the nearest tire shop or home. Most manufacturers rate them for 40-50 miles of travel.

Step-by-step guide to changing a flat tire:

1. If you sense a tire has gone flat, spull off to the side of the road onto a level surface.
2. Put on your emergency flashers.
3. Have all passengers exit the vehicle and have them stand well away from moving traffic.
4. Put the car in park and set the emergency brake so it can’t roll. (If you have a manual transmission, put the car in gear).
5. Since you are going to be jacking your car up in the air, consider placing something (a rock, log) behind one of the undamaged tires to prevent the vehicle from rolling.
6. Locate your spare tire and tools. These items are typically in the trunk. In an SUV, they may be in the back or mounted underside. If you can’t find them, consult your owner’s manual.
7. If the lug nuts that hold your tire to the hub aren’t exposed and visible, you’ll probably need to remove the hubcap.
8. Lug nuts need to be loosened a turn or so using the tire tool while the wheel is on the ground. Sometimes these are on so tightly they’re very difficult to crack loose. Some people will even use their body weight on the tool to get it to turn. Remember you are turning them counterclockwise.
9. You can now jack your car up. Slide the jack under your car and position it on a secure spot on the frame. Important: your owner’s manual can assist you in finding the best spot.
10. Then slowly turn the jack until the tire lifts off the ground.
11. Completely remove the lug nuts from the flat tire and place them somewhere for safe keeping.
12. Remove the tire. It may be heavy so do this slowly and with care. If the tire is stuck, give it a kick with your foot but be careful and don’t lose your balance.
13. Lift the spare tire onto the screw studs, lining up the screws with the holes in the tire. Then screw on the lug nuts until they are hand tight.
14. Lower the car with the jack just enough so that the tire doesn’t spin.
15. Using your tire tool, tighten the lug nuts in an alternating pattern. Turn them to the right to tighten and put some strength into it!
16. Lower the vehicle all the way and remove the jack.
17. Reinstall the hubcap, if you have one.
18. Put everything back in your car and drive carefully to the nearest tire shop or head home.

For additional information and details for changing a flat tire, reference the owner’s manual for your car. As we mentioned before, there are plenty of Youtube videos that you may find helpful also.

Article Source: Bossier Chrysler

  

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