So you’re stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire, and your cell phone has no service. Now what? After some inspection, you realize that your car has a tiny spare automotive tire in the back with some basic tools to help you limp your way home.
We all hope that this situation never happens to us, but of course, accidents occasionally happen, and there are some things that are out of our control. Luckily, Wholesale Tire Inc. has tips to make sure you safely change your tire and getting rolling home and continuing on with your life.
As Always, Safety First
If your situation permits, try to find a relatively flat, stable and safe place to change your tire. Ideally, you should have a solid, level surface that will restrict the vehicle from rolling. If you are close to a road, then you should park as far from traffic as possible and turn on your emergency flashers, or hazard lights – also, try to avoid soft ground and hilly areas.
Apply your parking brake by depressing the parking brake pedal or pulling the lever. If you have a manual transmission vehicle, you’ll want to put it in first or reverse to make sure that your vehicle will stay put.
Additionally, place a heavy object such as a rock in the front of the front and back tires for stability. Now, your car won’t go anywhere and you’ll be ready to change your automotive tires in a jiffy.
Get Your Tools
From your trunk, take out the spare tire and the automotive jack. Place the jack under the frame of your car, near the tire that you’re going to change. You’ll want to make sure that the jack is in contact with the metal portion of your car’s frame.
Keep in mind that many cars have molded plastic along the bottom of the frame. If you don’t place the jack in the right spot, it might crack the plastic when you start lifting. No worries, if you’re not sure about this, simply check your owner’s manual.
Raising the Jack
Raise the jack until it is supporting the car, but not fully lifting it up. If done right, the jack should be firmly in place against the underside of your vehicle. Also, make sure the jack is perpendicular to the ground.
Here’s where you actually start to remove your automotive tire – something that tire retailers like Wholesale Tire Inc. do all the time. Remove the hubcap and loosen the nuts by turning counterclockwise – not clockwise! At this point, don’t take them all the way off, just break the resistance. Make sure that you’re turning the nuts, not the wheel.
At this point, you can pump or crank the jack to lift the tire off the ground. You’ll need to lift the automotive tire enough to remove the flat tire and replace it with the spare in question.
Good to Remove
Now, remove the nuts the rest of the way. Turn the nuts counterclockwise until they are loose. After the nuts are removed completely, remove the tire. Protip: Place the flat tire under the vehicle so in the event of a jack failure, the vehicle will fall on the old wheel, helping prevent any injury from occurring.
Place your spare on the hub. Make sure the rim of the spare tire is aligned with the wheels bolts and then put on the lug nuts. Next, tighten the nuts by hand until they are all nice and snug. At first, they should turn pretty easily.
Now, lower the car without applying full weight on the tire. Tighten the nuts as much as possible. Lower the car fully to the ground and remove the jack. At this point, finish tightening the nuts and replace the hubcap, and put the old tire in your trunk to take to a mechanic at Wholesale Tire Inc. Small punctures in automotive tires are relatively cheap, though sometimes our tire shop recommends that you replace the whole tire for safety reasons if the automotive tire is not repairable.
And now you’re on your way! Keep in mind that donut spare automotive tires can’t handle speeds of over 40mph or so, so drive slowly and safely home or to your nearest tire retailer. Wholesale Tire Inc. wants you to be safe and sound, so make sure that you follow these instructions with care when it comes to replacing your automotive tire.