Changing a Flat
At some point, while driving you’re going to run into a situation where your tire needs to be changed. Maybe you ran on the curb and blew the tire, maybe you’ve got a nail in there and you’ve lost too much air to keep going. Learning to change a flat tire is one of the most basic of car fixes and doesn’t take more than 20 minutes to complete. You should always know where the toolkit is for any vehicle that you’re driving. For most cars, it’s in the trunk under the mat. For most trucks, it’s going to be under the back seat. This toolkit should include •A Lug Wrench (also known as a tire iron) •A Car Jack with a tool to raise & lower it Before you begin make sure your car has a spare tire by checking first. Some cars don’t have spares but have run flat tires instead that are capable of being driven on for 50-100 miles while the tire is flat. Your SUV or Truck is likely to have the tire under the rear of the vehicle. The car jack tool in most cases is the same tool used to lower the tire from under the vehicle.
Always make sure your car is on a level surface or your car could fall off the jack.
1.Pull the handbrake. This is going to keep the car from rolling if you’re changing a front tire.
2.Use the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts. Try to go in a star pattern. Don’t completely remove the nuts
3. Place your jack under the jacking points of the car, normally it’s a rectangular patch right in front of the rear wheel & behind the front wheel. On trucks, you should Jack from the axle point. Consult your owners manual for more clarification.
4. Use the tool to jack up the car by turning it clockwise Some trucks require you to build the tool
5. Once the tire is off the ground remove the nuts & replace the tire with the spare. Hand screw the nuts on and lower the car with the new tire back to the ground.
6. Tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench in a star-shaped pattern to ensure the tire is securely mounted. Put everything back where you found it. The old tire might not fit under the mat so just throw it in the trunk. Don’t forget to release your emergency brake before driving off.