We can all use a little bit of automotive assistance as we spend time on the road, but it is always good to know the basics in case of an emergency. Even the best drive away logistics company can have car problems, whether you are prepared for them or not. One of the most common issues on the road is a flat tire. Going back to driver’s education, you may have once learned how to change a tire but have never needed to do it yourself. While you can wait on AAA to come by and help, it is sometimes just easier to take matters into your own hands.
Check Surroundings and Prepare
Companies who use driver labor should be prepared to educate them on road safety as well. Before you go into any more steps of changing a flat, you must be aware of your surroundings and prepare the scene. Make sure you are in a safe area, with enough room between you and oncoming vehicles. The next step is to turn on your hazards and initiate the parking brake, so your car is prepared for the switch.
Remove Hubcap/ Wheel Cover and Loosen Lug Nuts
If your vehicle has a hubcap covering the lug nuts, it’s easier to remove the hubcap before lifting the car with the jack. Use the flat end of your lug wrench to remove the hubcap. Your owner’s manual can show more in-depth images and help you through the process as well. Then turn the lug nuts counterclockwise until you break their resistance. You may have to use some force, and that is alright.
Jack Up the Car
Place the jack underneath the vehicle in the place that the owner’s manual recommends. Doing so prevents unnecessary damage and creates an easier process. Once placed correctly, raise the car until the tire is nearly six inches off the ground.
Remove Lug Nuts
Since they have already been loosened, it should be fairly easy to remove them altogether. Driver service companies can help educate you through this process and provide automotive assistance if you are struggling or cannot perform these steps.
As a fairly self-explanatory step, remove the flat tire from the car and set off to the side.
Mount Tire and Add Lug Nuts
Almost like working in reverse, you place the new tire on the car and re-attach the lug nuts just like you removed them.
Lower Vehicle and Replace Hubcap
Now that you have placed the new addition onto the car lower the vehicle back down and replace the hubcap or wheel cover back on the new tire.
Check Pressure and Clean Up
Lastly, check the pressure of the newly attached tire and clean up the remaining items you have used in the process.
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