Nothing can ruin your mood faster than getting a flat tire on the way to somewhere important. As fate would have it, we often end up with a flat in the middle of nowhere or at night. Getting a flat can be even more nerve-wracking if you do not know how to replace the flat tire with the spare. Do not make the mistake of believing that roadside assistance is going to arrive within a few minutes every time you have an emergency. Thankfully, you have come to the right place to learn more about this all too important skill.
Getting a flat tire while speeding is not only dangerous but can even prove fatal. In would be best to avoid getting a flat altogether. Keeping your tires in good condition is one of the easiest ways to avoid getting a flat. This requires that you check your tires regularly for cuts, bulges, or dents. It would be wise to check the tire pressure at least once per month. Auto mechanics also recommend rotating your tires every few months so that the tires get even wear as you drive. If you notice that your tires have become soft, smooth, or shiny, be sure to have them replaced right away.
Despite your best efforts, you may still end up with a flat. Here are three simple steps to guide you through the nerve-wracking process of getting a tire.
Step 1 – Be Prepared
While each vehicle is different, there are a few standard tools that you need to change the tire. The most important item is the spare tire. Always ensure that your spare tire is in excellent condition. This is especially important when you are taking long trips away from home. You can also opt to purchase a tire changing toolkit which can re-inflate the wheel. This, however, is not a permanent solution, and the tire stills need to be repaired or replaced. It is also a good idea to invest in a flashlight or battery powered lamp for these kinds of emergencies.
Step 2 – Release the Lug Nuts and Jack Up the Car
Your tire changing toolbox should also be equipped with a jack and lug wrench. It is impossible to change the tire without first taking pressure off the flat tire using a jack. The lug wrench is used to remove the bolts which fasten the tire to the car. This process requires a lot of elbow grease. If you are willing to spend a little more, you can invest in one that automates the process. The bolts are called lug nuts. Be warned though that many specialized vehicles do not use standard lug wrenches, so you have to ensure that you test your tool out on the tire before embarking on your journey.
Once you’ve removed the flat tire, it’s time to replace it with the spare tire. The key to this delicate process is ensuring that the tire is securely fastened to the vehicle by means of the lug nuts. Once the tire is safely in place, you are free to continue on your journey.