A flat tire is the most common hinder while driving a vehicle. The most common scenario is people suddenly hearing a thumping sound in the middle of nowhere. It halts the journey. The spare tire stays right behind in the trunk of the vehicle but is of no use.
The reason is not knowing the process of changing a flat tire. Changing a flat tire is not some difficult task to do. The steps are so simple that it is not even worth not knowing and waiting for someone else to do.
Rather than waiting and depending on others in changing a tire, it is better to learn it all by oneself. Waiting for a mechanic or help kills way too much time.
What if there is no network to call someone or there is no phone booth. Situations may get worse. So, the easy solution is to learn how to change a flat tire. If you can learn driving learning to change the tire shouldn’t be a problem.
Changing a flat tire needs a maximum of 30 minutes. Fixing it requires some tools. Some of them already come with the vehicle and varies depending on the vehicle type. Some equipment needs to be bought separately.
Manual, Spare tire, wrench, and jack these are the three essential equipment for fixing a flat tire. They come with the vehicle. Gloves, flashlight, batteries are some other tools for tire fixing. Having a small wood piece is also convenient to secure the jack from moving.
Wheel chock stops the wheels from rolling but are optional. You might also need a raincoat. So, these are all one need to change a flat tire. We are now going to explain the procedure of flat tire fixing in a few steps.
Step 1: Location
A flat tire doesn’t mean the driver needs to stop the car at once. Slow down the speed to avoid mishaps. Search for a safe place where changing the tire will be comfortable and convenient.
Park the vehicle there. Do not park it in a crowded location. Always turn on the hazard lights to let the others on the road know that you are having an issue with your vehicle.
Step 2: Emergency brake and wheel chock
Use the e-brake before parking the road vehicle. It stops the vehicle from moving. Put wheel chock against the vehicle wheels to double the security. Bricks, stones, or a strong piece of wood will also do the same job as a wheel chock. It will also prevent the vehicle from sudden rolling.
Step 3: User manual
When now the vehicle is parked in a safe place, and measures are taken to prevent sudden movement the vehicle, get your user manual out from the glove box. Always keep the user manual there.
The dos and don’ts are explained in the manual. The procedure varies depending on the brands and types of vehicles. Following the user manual while fixing the tire ensures safety and surety about not derailing from the actual process.
Step 4: Lugnuts
Slightly loosen up the lugnuts to remove the hubcap of the road vehicle. To loosen the lug nuts use wrench. Do not entirely remove the nuts before placing the jack under the wheel.
Step 5: Jack
After removing the hubcap or wheel cover, take out the jack from the trunk. Place it right under the spot on the tire which seems flat. To maintain the placement of the jack, put a small piece of wood under it. Then start raising the vehicle. When it is higher enough, unscrew and remove the lug nuts. It will help to remove the tire.
Step 5: Fixing the spare tire
Now take out the spare tire. Place it properly and line up the bolts and holes. Push it further, and the bolts will be visible. Take the lug nuts and start screwing the nuts with just the hand.
Step 6: Lower the vehicle
Not using a wrench to tighten the nuts makes lowering the vehicle easy. The jack must be displaced only when the wheel gets appropriately fixed, and there is no doubt about it. Always double check before removing the jack and tightening the nuts, otherwise the process has to be repeated. It will be a waste of time. When you have checked the tire, and sure it is properly fixed, use the wrench to fasten the lug nuts tightly.
Step 7: Storing the equipment
Checking and adequately storing the tools is essential. Keep a check on the tires air pressure and the spare tire as well. Check the air once a month when cold. Always remember to check the pressure after heavy loading and going on a long journey.
Fixing a tire all by yourself is that simple, especially when you have all the necessary tools. Be self-dependent in such cases. It can save you from accidents and danger. It saves a ton of time as well. Waiting for someone on the side of the road standing alone to fix a tire at night is the worst experience of them all.
Imagine missing an important meeting due to a tire puncture. All these hassles seem nothing when you know the procedure of changing the tire. So, learn it now.