Have a flat tire? Not a problem, here’s a step by step guide to help.
First, be sure to take a number of precautions before the car tire replacement
- Wear a safety vest-especially if you are getting out on the side of the street.
- Turn on your hazard lights so other drivers will know you’ve stopped
- If your current location is unsafe due to weather conditions, (rain, snow, etc.) find a safe spot to pull over
- before the car tire replacement, lift your handbrake, and place a heavy object (like a rock) in front and in back of the car tires so the vehicle doesn’t roll.
Now, to work! How do you change a flat tire?
- Use a wrench to loosen the nuts in a counterclockwise direction.
- Take out your spare tire and the jack. Put the jack under the metal portion of the frame, next to the flat tire that you want to change. Then, pump the jack to lift the wheel off the ground.
- Remove the nuts to take the wheel completely off, and replace with the spare tire.
- It’s important to remember that you should go to a mechanic as soon as possible to replace or fix the car tire.
A few key points and tips:
- The average life span of a tire is between 3-4 years. You can find how old your tire is by looking on the top of the wheel, finding a 4 digit number – the first two numbers indicate the month and the last two indicate the year the tire was made.
- Make sure that both tires on the same axle are equal in size.
Follow our tips and you’ll see that changing a car’s tires shouldn’t be so hard
How to successfully maintain your tires
- Tires lose between 2-3 PSI units every month, so be sure to test and fill them with air regularly. Tires with low air pressure may heat up and explode!
It’s recommended to do so while the tire is cool. The correct air pressure may be found in the vehicle owner’s manual.
- Drive with caution. Driving erratically, braking/turning sharply, sudden accelerations, and crossing the separation strips are not only dangerous but also contribute to ruining your tires.
- Parking on gravel or on the curb erodes wheels. Be sure to be careful about where you park, and make sure to park next to the curb rather than on the incline, as parking evenly distributes the weight of the car properly on the tires.
- Please note that overfilling tires with air is also unadvised. This causes tires to be too hard and can damage them. In addition, it also increases the risk of collision and creates detrimental vibrations to the car while driving.
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