You're cruising down the road, chit-chatting with the passenger, the radio quietly humming - and suddenly, a thud! The dreaded sound of a flat tire. As frustration and panic threaten to set in, don't despair. Changing a flat tire like a pro isn't just for the seasoned gearheads; it's a crucial skill every driver should possess.
Step 1: Find a Safe Spot
Before you start your tire-changing expedition, find a safe location away from traffic. Look for a level and firm surface to ensure stability while changing the tire.
Step 2: Gather the Tools
Every pro knows the importance of having the right tools on hand. You'll need a lug wrench, a jack, a fully inflated spare tire, and your vehicle's manual for specific instructions.
Step 3: Loosen the Lug Nuts
Using the lug wrench, start loosening the lug nuts, but don't remove them entirely just yet. Applying your body weight or foot pressure to the wrench may be necessary, especially if they were fastened by a machine.
Step 4: Position the Jack
Place the jack in the manufacturer-recommended position, often indicated by a notch or groove on the vehicle's frame. Once securely positioned, start lifting the vehicle until the flat tire is around six inches off the ground.
Step 5: Remove the Flat Tire
Now that the vehicle is lifted, it's time to fully remove the lug nuts. Keep them in a safe place, as they tend to wander off at the most inconvenient times. Gently pull the flat tire straight towards you.
Step 6: Mount the Spare Tire
Align the spare tire with the lug bolts and push it gently onto the hub. Once in place, put the lug nuts back on and tighten them by hand as much as possible.
Step 7: Lower the Vehicle and Tighten the Lug Nuts
Use the jack to lower the vehicle until the spare tire makes full contact with the ground. Now, take the lug wrench and tighten the lug nuts in a star pattern, ensuring even pressure and a secure fit.
Step 8: Double-Check Everything
Before you hit the road, give everything a final once-over. Ensure all the lug nuts are securely fastened and the spare tire is properly mounted. Stow away all tools and the deflated tire, making sure to leave the scene as you find it.
That's it! You did it - it was easy, right?! Well, if this DIY project was a little too much, we got your back! Just call GTT Commercial Tires, and we will be happy to help out with your tire needs and services.