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What should I do if I get a flat tire?

What to do when you encounter a flat tire

Picture this. You’re on your way to work, you stopped to get a cup of coffee, and the day is all yours. Suddenly, you hear a thud. Your tire pressure light comes on and you start to hear a loud grinding noise. Something obviously isn’t right. You pull over to the side, walk around your car, and you see that you have… you guessed it, a flat tire. Worry not, it’s not hard to fix this. Today we’ll discuss what to do when you encounter a flat tire. Follow the steps below, and you’ll be driving easy in no time!

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Six Steps to changing a flat tire

It can seem like a challenge at first, but changing a tire is fairly easy. We have six steps to changing a flat tire below. When you find you have a flat tire, pull over as soon as possible to a safe spot, and make sure that there is ample space between you and your car and oncoming traffic. Once you’re situated carry on as followed.

Materials:

  • Car jack
  • Lug wrench
  • Inflated Spare Tire
  • Vehicle owner’s manual

Steps:

  1. Gather all of your necessary materials, and get to work. Place your jack under the frame of your vehicle near your damaged or punctured tire. Use the lever (oftentimes it is the lug wrench) and raise your automobile so that your damaged wheel is off the ground.
  2. At this point, take your lug wrench, and loosen and remove all of the lugs on the wheel.
  3. Remove the damage wheel. It may be somewhat jammed onto the wheelbase, but will eventually slide right off.
  4. Place your spare tire carefully onto the wheel base. Make sure that all of the holes on your spare tire aligned with the screws on the wheelbase.
  5. Once your spare tire is situated, replace the lugs, and tighten using the lug wrench.
  6. Place your damaged tire and the supplies back in your trunk. Make sure that you replace your tire as soon as possible. A spare tire is just that a spare. Most spare tires are not rated for use above 50 mph, and can become unsafe after prolonged use.

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