An unexpected number of drivers these days don’t have the first clue concerning how to change a flat tire but you really never know when you’re going to have to get it done. It’s okay thinking that somebody else will stop and help, or that you can call the garage or perhaps you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty and then leave that sort of thing to other people but it really is one thing which every driver ought to know how to do . . . and that means every driver (which also means YOU).
It’s not too difficult so pay learn, attention, remember and read these few simple idiot proof tire changing tips.
You’re likely to need:
• Spare tire – they often live in the trunk, often below a felt cut-out. Familiarize yourself with its whereabouts and ensure that it’s in great condition and inflated to the correct pressure.
• Wrench – this should be stored next to your tire, it’s all offered with the car.
• Jack – This can also be included with the auto and live somewhere near the rest of this stuff.
And here’s what you do . . .
• Pull over as safely as is possible as soon as you suspect that you’ve got a flat. Try to look for a well lit spot if it’s dark.
• Take off the hub cap – you must remove this to find the wheel nuts lurking beneath.
• Using all of your strength loosen the lug nuts with all the wrench by turning them anticlockwise. This may take you some time but keep it going, it’s reached be done.
• After you’ve loosened the lug nuts you should jack up your car. The owner’s manual will show you the safest spot on the car to put the jack and how to use the jack to boost your car a few inches from your ground. Before you decide to do this, be sure that you’ve place the emergency brake on.
• Now go ahead and take loosened lug nuts off completely and take off the wheel with the flat tire. Lay this flat on the ground of you could have to chase it as a it rolls down the road.
• Get your spare tire and line up the holes with the lugs, slide it in place and replace the lug nuts, tightening them by hand initially.
• Once your spare wheel is firmly in place you can let your car or truck down gently from the jack which will usually involve turning the handle in the opposite direction to how you cranked it up to begin with.
• After the car is safely on the floor use the wrench to tighten up the nuts as hard as you can – it’s always a good idea to tighten opposite nuts moving between them until all nuts are as tight as you can possibly get them.
• Pick up the flat tire and put it back into the trunk remembering to replace the jack, wrench etc . . . you never know when you might need them also.
It’s always a good idea to head straight to the closest garage slowly – don’t exceed 50 miles or 50 mph on your spare. If you happen to be close to Nissan dealer Fontana call in for their experts to examine it over. They’ve also got a great selection of new and used cars at Metro Nissan Redlands.
Get the tire fixed or replaced as quickly as possible for the following time you find yourself such an emergency situation.
Now you can give yourself a pat on the back for sorting the job out yourself.