You never know when you will need to change a tire. You could be driving down the highway with your family, on your way to the lake, and a nail punctures your tire. That’s it; you can’t drive any further because your tire is completely flat. Now what do you do?
If it’s impossible for a tow truck to get to you right away or to have someone bring you a spare tire, you’ll want to know how to change it yourself.
Here are the steps to changing a flat tire:
- Find a safe location to stop. It is best to find a location where the ground is level. It is also important that you are visible to any other vehicles around you; therefore, be sure that you have not stopped around a curve.
- Turn on your hazard lights so surrounding vehicles know why you have stopped.
- Pull your parking brake to ensure that your vehicle will not roll away.
- Loosen your lug nuts using a lug wrench but do not fully remove them. If you have a hub cap on your wheel, remove it.
- Place a jack under your vehicle to raise it up.
- Fully remove your lug nuts.
- Remove the flat tire.
- Mount the spare tire onto the lug bolts.
- Put the lug nuts on and tighten them by hand.
- Lower the vehicle by using the jack.
- Replace the hubcap and tighten your lug nuts with the lug wrench.
- Check the pressure in your spare tire to ensure that it’s at the proper level. You can check your side door sticker to see the PSI (pounds per inch) that it should be set to.
- Bring your car in to your local Integra Tire so we can get you a new tire. It is not safe to drive with a spare tire for long distances or at high speeds. We can also determine if any other damage was caused when your tire went flat.
- Always ensure that you have a spare tire, a jack, and a lug wrench in your vehicle in case of a flat tire.
A flat tire is never a good situation but at least now you can be confident that you won’t be stranded on the side of the road. Give us a call if you ever have any problems because we’re always happy to help!