Changing a tire is something every driver should know how to do. While some drivers opt for roadside assistance services, you should always be prepared for having a flat. We at Pfeiffer Used have created a list of helpful tips for how to change a flat. By following these simple steps, you can easily fix your tire and get back on the road.
According to the DMV, the first step is to gather the right supplies and keep them in your vehicle in case of a flat. You’ll need a spare tire, a jack, lug wrench, and reflective triangles. If you have extra space, you may also want a flashlight with batteries, tight-fitting gloves, wheel wedges, and a flat-tire repair kit (like Fix-a-Flat).
Once you realize you have a flat tire, it’s important to get to a safe spot. You should find a quiet side street, a shoulder on the off ramp, parking lots, or even a long straight road. Make sure to use flares or triangles as well to increase visibility if the sun isn’t around.
After engaging the parking brake, loosen the lug nuts. Place the jack under the car’s frame and raise the car, removing the lug nuts and the tire. Place the spare on the wheel, and replace the lug nuts by hand. Then, lower the jack until the spare touches the ground.
Finally, tighten the lug nuts using a star pattern. After tightening one lug nut as much as possible, move to the one across from the one you just tightened (never tighten lugs immediately adjacent to one another). Then you can remove the jack, pick up your supplies, disengage the emergency brake, and hit the road.
If you have any questions about changing your own tire, or any other maintenance needs, give us a call at Pfeiffer Used today.