How to Change a Flat Tire
Here at Woodhouse, we offer tire repair and service for tires that have become worn or damaged. But we also want to take it a step further and provide you with the information you need in the event of a flat tire out on the road.
Tire Changing 101
Flat tires happen. But when you know how to change your tire, you’ll be able to get back out on the road and drive safely. Here are a few simple steps for swapping out your flat.
Get to Safety
The very first thing you want to do is get your vehicle to a safe location, if possible. Try to find flat ground and turn on your hazard lights so other drivers know what’s going on.
Engage Your Parking Brake
You want to avoid the vehicle rolling or moving during the tire change, so engage the parking brake and chock the wheels if you’re on uneven ground.
Loosen the Lug Nuts
If your vehicle has a hubcap or wheel cover, take that off first. Then you’ll want to loosen the lug nuts with the lug wrench, but don’t remove them all the way.
Place and Jack Your Vehicle
Use your auto manual to determine the best location for your jack, then raise the vehicle about six inches off the ground.
Remove the Flat
Take the lug nuts off the rest of the way and then remove the flat tire and put it to the side.
Put On the Spare
Align the spare tire with the lug bolts. Then begin tightening the lug nuts by hand, going in a star or opposing pattern.
Lower the Vehicle
Bring your vehicle back to the ground and finish tightening the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Once they’re secure, lower your vehicle the rest of the way and remove the jack.
After repairing a flat on the road, you’ll want to bring your vehicle into Woodhouse for comprehensive tire service and care. Schedule the repairs and replacements you can rely on at our dealership today.
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