How To Fix A Flat Tire

Nothing is worse than a flat tire, except needing to change it and unsure of just how to start doing it. Experience, of course, has always been the best teacher when you are stranded by the roadside with no one else to help. Here’s how to fix a flat tire if you find yourself in this situation.

Flat Tire Causes

Anything can cause a flat tire, from sharp objects left on the road to a collision, wear-and-tear, or an air valve system damage. Drivers may also develop a slow leak or a blowout depending on how severe the damage. It is the cause that determines how long you have to either decide to change the tire or contact an emergency provider like for roadside support. 

How To Know When A Tire Is Flat

You would be surprised at just how many people get into a car and start driving on a flat. There are clear and immediate signs, from a slow acceleration to the vehicle pulling to the side of the flat or a braking feeling, that lets you know you need to pull over and check.  You might be thinking that these are also signs of issues with the braking system. You are right, but you will want to stop the car and do a manual check, so you know the exact professional to call for help. The most common reason for these symptoms is a flat, and it is also the most affordable to fix.

Fixing A Flat

The first thing you must do is to gather the tools. Check to make sure you have them in the trunk

Car Jack (Will Be Manual Or Automated)

→Tire Wrench

→Lug Nut Key (Don’t Have It? Call For Help And Advise Them)

→A Warning Device For Roadside Safety

→Anti-bacterial Hand-Cleaning Solution

Step One: Put the car in park and turn off the engine.

Step Two: Turn on your emergency hazard lights.

Step Three: Pull the emergency brake.

Step Four: Put on your safety gloves.

Step Five: Get your tire, tools, and emergency device to place on the roadway.            

Step Six: Use a tire wrench to loosen the hub cap and nuts counter-clockwise on the tire.

Step Seven: Put the jack safely under your vehicle and raise it up about two inches 

                     higher than the size of your spare tire laying.

Step Eight: Put the spare tire under the car in case the jack falls when changing it.

Step Nine: Remove the nuts from the tire and place them in the hubcap for safekeeping.

Step Ten: Carefully take off the flat tire.

Step Eleven: Replace the spare tire gently.

Step Twelve: Add the tire nuts and turn to secure them lightly.

Step Thirteen: Remove the jack from the car.

Step Fourteen:  Use the tire wrench to tighten the nuts.

Step Fifteen: Return your flat tire and tools to the truck.

Step Sixteen: Remove the gloves and wash your hands.  

Of course, you might be a busy person or just do not want to change a tire. There are a lot of roadside assistance companies and “near me” apps that will allow you to get the help you need.         

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