Driving isn’t always smooth sailing. You’ll end up encountering some type of problem while you’re on the road. One of these problems is having a flat tire. Traveling with a flat tire isn’t a good idea. If you try to, then trust me, you’re an accident waiting to happen. So for your safety and the safety of your passenger, you’ll have to change your flat tire with one of the auto parts you just can’t be without: your spare tire. Now don’t faint or throw a fit or call daddy to pick you up. It’s actually not that difficult to change a tire. Just follow these steps so that you’ll be able to change your flat tire like a pro.
Before changing, make sure that you’re parked on a flat surface. Don’t attempt to change tires while in an inclined area or in a dirt area. Unless you’re into mud wrestling and have this thrill of chasing cars like a dog. Also make sure that your car’s emergency brake is set and that your car is in gear (for manual) or in “park” (for automatic). Don’t forget to place a heavy, solid object (a flat stone, brick or that dead body in the trunk will do) behind the tire that is located at the opposite side of the flat one. It will prevent the car from moving once you raise it.
Once done, get your jack, tire iron and your spare tire. The spare tire is located under the floor mat of the trunk. If you’re driving an SUV, the spare tire is mounted at the back or under the vehicle. Remember to use an air pressure gauge to check the tire’s pressure. You wouldn’t want to replace a flat tire with a deflated one right?
Now once you’re done checking your spare, it’s time to remove the flat tire. To do that, use the tire iron (it’s an L-shaped bar) to loosen your tire’s wheel lugs. Make sure that the tire iron fits over the wheel lugs and then turn it counterclockwise to loosen them. Now, don’t remove the lugs entirely. Just keep them lose so that you can move the jack underneath your car. To know where the proper jacking points (not that type of jacking man) are, check your car’s manual (if you don’t have it with you, start throwing a fit. I’m just kidding). Position the jack under the jack point and raise it. Keep doing this until it contacts the car’s frame and the flat tire is raised off the ground. Remove the lugs and set them on one side to prevent it from rolling away from you. Get the spare tire and hold it in position so you can align the wheel holes over the wheel studs located on the brake hub. Try balancing the wheel on your foot to do this. Once done, screw back the lugs but don’t tighten them yet. Once you’re sure that the spare is in place, lower the jack, set it aside and then proceed to tighten the wheel lugs completely.
And that’s it, you’re good to go. Don’t forget that your spare has limited top speed. It won’t take you all the way to the beach (unless it’s in front of your house) but it will help you get home or to the nearest service station. Oh and always have a spare tire with you. It’s an investment you won’t regret making. Buying one could be costly but there are some reputable dealers who offer discount auto parts that could provide you with a good deal. Like they say, it’s better to have it and not need it, rather than need it and not have it.