Fixing a flat tire is a fairly simple task to complete yourself if you have the right tools. Fixing a flat tire will only take you about thirty to forty minutes to complete, but it will save you money from having to hire someone to do it for you. Here is step-by-step guide on how to change a flat tire.
To complete this task you will need the following items:
- A tire iron
- A car jack
- Block of wood or brick
1 - Start by parking in a secure location and making sure that you are parked away from and oncoming traffic. Make sure the parking brake is on to prevent the car from rolling when parked. Make sure you have enough space around the car to work and lay down on the ground without having to worry about being on the road.
2 - Place blocks of wood or bricks under each of the tires that you are not changing to prevent it from moving while you work on the flat tire.
3 - Take the tire iron and loosen the nuts on the tire that is flat. Loosen the nuts but do not completely remove them until you have the tire raised to the proper height.
4 - Place the jack under the body of the car and begin to jack up the car approximately eight inches off the ground.
5 - Completely loosen the nuts and remove the flat tire off the bolts where it sits inside the wheel well. Place the flat tire inside the trunk or a secure location that you can transport it after the new tire is installed.
6 - Place the new tire or emergency spare on the bolts of the wheel well where the flat tire was located. Screw the nuts back on by hand and tighten them.
7 - Lower the car jack back to the ground and remove it from under the vehicle. Take the tire iron and tighten the bolts on the newly installed tire until the nuts are completely secure.
8 - Remove the blocks of wood or bricks from under the remaining tires to complete the job.
If you do not have the time to change a tire or don't feel comfortable with any of the steps outlined above then you can hire a professional auto repair mechanic to do it for you. A professional mechanic, like those at Wilson & Bell Transmission, can also inspect the engine of the car and other aspects of the wheels to make sure they are running properly.