You are out late at night and you hear the thud that turns your stomach. You have a flat tire on your vehicle. You have several decisions to ponder. Do you use your cell phone and call for help? Do you wait for some stranger to pull over and help you? Do you abandon your vehicle? Do you change it yourself.
This article will tell you how to change it yourself. Even the weakest or most feminine ladies can change a tire. You just have to have confidence in your ability to do so.
First; Pull over in a well lighted area. The area should be on even ground, not a hillside.
Second; Place the car in park and set the emergency brake.
Third; Turn off the motor and take the keys with you.
Fourth; Open the trunk and take out your spare tire/boot, jack, jack handle, and lug wrench. If you have a light take it out as well.
Fifth;If the flat is located on the roadside of the car, place these items at the back or front of the vehicle. They must be off the road. If the flat is on the curbside of the vehicle, place these items at the middle of your car on the curbside.
Sixth; Locate where your jack is to be placed. If you have a manual in your car, it will tell you. For front tires, it is usually behind the front tires on the frame. Back tires will be directly in front of the back tire on the frame.
Seventh; Take off the hub cap or wheel guard. Some vehicles won’t even have these. If you can see the lugs, you are in great shape. Now loosen the lugs. Just loosen don’t remove.
Eighth; Slide your jack under and turn the jack by hand until it raises to meet the frame. Most jacks have a slot that the frame will sit in. Once it is secure to your liking, use the handle and slowly turn it lifting the tire off the ground.
If you are this far along, you are in great shape. Use your light if you have one.
Ninth; Take off the lugs and place them where they will not get lost. Maybe your pocket. Slide off the tire and put it where your spare or boot is currently at.
Tenth; Line up your spare or boot with the holes and wheel screws. Try to put the tire on the top screws first. This will make i go easier. Put on one of the lugs but don’t tighten it. When you get one on, the others will be easier. Snug up the lugs and the tire to the wheel.
Eleventh;Let the car back down by turning the jack handle. Once everything is lose, slide it out from under the car. Now re-tighten your lugs as best as you can. Use your foot to apply pressure to tighten if you must.
Lastly; Put everything in the trunk. Do not worry about where things go. Just place everything back in it and close the trunk. You can place them in the right place later. Get back in your car. Don’t forget to release the hand brake. Away you go.
Many times in broad daylight, you might get assistance from someone. However, late at night is another story. Many times ladies feel at a disadvantage. Here is a good tip. Late at night you have a flat and a gentleman asks to help you. However, you are unsure of him because he is a stranger. Say thanks but, I prefer not to get out. Do not give him the keys unless you must open the trunk for him. A good guy will understand and go about replacing your tire. There are decent guys out there. Always say thank you for your kindness.