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Changing a Flat Tire Made Easy: Tips for Blowouts

Changing a flat tire can be difficult, especially in bad weather, heavy traffic, or if you’ve simply never done it before. That’s why we’ve put together some tips and tricks for what to do if you get a flat. From preparation to tightening the lug nuts, there are some important things to keep in mind.

To begin with, according to Car Talk, you should test out your equipment. Know where the spare tire is located, which can be under the car or in a compartment in the trunk, and be sure to test out the jack. If it’s difficult to use, consider buying a new one. Also, see if you have trouble lifting the tire. If you can’t manage, consider getting fix-a-flat, run-flat tires, or roadside assistance.

Next, if you get a flat tire, you need to get to safety. Many highways have emergency lanes for this exact situation, but those can still be dangerous in heavy traffic. You can drive roughly 300 yards on a flat tire before you begin to damage the rim (depending on the blowout and other factors), so try to find an exit or empty parking lot. It’s not a good idea to accept help from strangers, as this can be dangerous as well. Be sure to use your hazards and flares, too.

Finally, there are some tips for actually changing the tire. Loosen the nuts when it’s on the ground, as it can be difficult with the tire spinning in the air. Then, use the emergency brake when lifting the car. When tightening lug nuts, move in a crossing pattern, tightening the lug nut on the opposite side of the wheel. Once you tighten the lug nuts in a star-like pattern, the wheel will be more secure.

What’s next? Bring your flat into our service center. Our staff can help you find new tires, fix flats, or repair other damage.

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How to Change a Tire

We might have all been taught how to change a tire in driver’s education, or by our mom or dad, but that was a while ago, wasn’t it?  So here’s a refresher course:

  1. Use a wrench to loosen the lug nuts – Just loosen them, don’t take them off yet. You can try standing on the wrench arm if the lug nut is very tight.

 

  1. Use the jack to lift the vehicle off the ground – Make sure you consult the owner’s manual so you know where to place the jack. Jack it up until the car is about 6 inches off the ground.

 

  1. Remove the lug nuts and pull the tire off the car – Pull the tire straight towards you.

 

  1. Place the replacement on the car & put on the lug nuts – Line up the holes and push the spare all the way into the wheel base, then insert the lug nuts into the holes loosely.

 

  1. Lower the car back to the ground – Use the jack to lower it back down, then remove it from underneath the car.

 

  1. Tighten the lug nuts – Do this one at a time until they can’t be turned anymore.

 

This is a quick-fix guide for if you get a flat, but if you’re changing seasonal tires, or just changing one, it’s best to bring it to your dealership so ensure you’ll be driving safely once the tires are replaced!