You have probably heard of the expression “better safe than sorry”. Well, it definitely applies to what we are about to teach you today at Kentwood Ford: learning how to change a flat tire. Please don’t make the mistake of not being ready for the unexpected this year. What if you find yourself with a flat tire in a remote location? Yeah, this is exactly what we are preparing you for, it might save you time and money someday. We know you will thank us one day! Now, let’s dive straight into the fascinating art of changing a flat tire!
The main ingredients
You get a flat tire when you least expect it or when you are enjoying yourself: you have probably experienced this before! So the best remedy to always being well-prepared for a flat tire is to have all the necessary tools in your vehicle at all times, especially when you are going for a trip outside of town. The main ingredients to changing a flat tire are a spare tire, a tire-pressure gauge, a jack, lug wrench, a locking lug nut key (if your lug wrench is not universal), rocks (or bricks, or anything heavy that will help you block your wheels) and your owner’s manual. Now that you have all the necessary tools, let’s get the work started.
It’s as simple as ABC
Changing a flat tire consists of three really simple steps. But before starting any work on your vehicle, make sure you quickly check your owner’s manual to get all the information you need in order to get the work done. Also be very careful while changing your tire, be extra cautious of the other vehicles on the road. Make sure you can also handle a tire as it can be very heavy!
Step one: A is for Alert
Quick tip: before starting to remove the tire, you could also take a picture that could later help you with assembling the tire once you are all done.
Once you realize that you have a flat tire, the first thing to do is put on your four-way hazard lights and park in a safe place, away from oncoming traffic, and ideally on a flat surface. Engage the emergency brake and place the reflective triangles on the road to show other drivers that you are working on your vehicle. Then look for heavy objects like rocks and stones to block the tire that is diagonally opposite the tire you are about to change, this will make the vehicle more stable.
Step two: B is for Business
Quick tip: regularly check the pressure of your spare tire to make sure it is ready when you need it.
Now that the vehicle is ready, let’s get to business! Bring out all your tools out and place them next to the tire you are about to change. Then use the lug wrench to loosen all the nuts on the tire, but don’t remove them quite yet. Now is the time when you position your jack to lift up the wheel off the ground (do not at any point go under your car as it is unstable). Once this is done, now you are ready to remove all the nuts and the flat tire.
Step three: C is for Completion
Once you have taken the tire off the vehicle, you can now place the spare tire and replace and tighten the lug nuts.Then, put the hubcap back in its place. Hold on, we are almost there. Finally, make sure to put all your tools in your vehicle before driving off. And that’s it, it’s done!