Calling roadside services is a convenient way to handle a flat tire, but what if you are out of cellphone range? Flat tires can happen anywhere, which is why every driver should know how change them. Here at Cronic Nissan, we’ve put together some simple tips that will have you changing flat tires like a pro in no time.
You should always have a spare tire, lug wrench, and car jack stowed in your vehicle. It’s also a good idea to have gloves, a rain poncho, and a flashlight handy.
Get to safety
If you notice a flat while driving, don’t stop abruptly in traffic. Instead, slowly maneuver to a safe spot out of traffic where you can change the flat tire.
Turn on hazard lights
Before you start changing your tire, turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights. This draws extra attention to you and your vehicle, signaling to other drivers that they should slow down and drive with caution.
Remove hubcap or wheel cover
Once you’re safely situated, remove the hubcap or wheel cover that protects the lug nuts. Your wrench should have a flat end that easily removes the wheel covers.
Loosen lug nuts
Turn the lug nuts counterclockwise with your wrench to loosen them, but don’t remove the nuts completely yet.
Raise vehicle on jack
Place the jack under the vehicle near the flat tire. Your vehicle probably has an exposed metal area under the frame specifically for accommodating a jack. Once the jack is in place, raise it until the wheel is completely off the ground.
Remove flat tire
Finish removing the lug nuts and pull the flat tire free from the hub.
Mount spare tire
Place the spare tire on the hub, making sure all of the bolts are coming through the tire rim.
Tighten lug nuts
Replace the lug nuts and tighten them as much as possible with the wrench. Double check each lug nut, as tightening one can cause another to loosen up a bit.
Finally, lower the jack completely and tighten the lug nuts one more time before packing up.