What to do if you get a flat tire on your car? Luckily, changing a tire is not that difficult! Just follow these tips to be prepared when you get a flat tire: jack, lug wrench, spare tire, and some extra tools. These items must have come with the car: jack, lug wrench, and air pump. A jack is necessary to raise the vehicle up for changing a tire, and a lug wrench is necessary to unscrew tires.
Locate the jack beneath your vehicle. It’s best to have a jack that is specifically designed for changing a flat tire. Most vehicles come with a jack that has a platform beneath it and usually this is not the best place to put your jack.
Now that you have located the jack, remove the wheel from your car. There are usually small brackets under the wheels that engage the lug bolts. You need to pry these apart to expose the nuts. Once you have the nuts removed, unbolt the nuts and secure the bracket by tightening the bolt. Then reattach the wheel.
If you need help, there are numerous websites that have detailed instructions on how to change a flat tire. To save yourself some money, purchase a vehicle repair kit that has all the necessary parts for your particular vehicle. These kits can also come with a checklist of the things you will need to change a flat tire. This kit can be very helpful because it breaks down everything needed in one location. It contains the jack, lug nuts, spare tire, and vehicle floor jack.
Locate the spare tire under the vehicle on the front. There should be an icon for spare on the rear frame. You can insert the spare with the jack in order to raise it up. Then, use the lugs nuts to tighten the tire up to the frame. Make sure to keep a safe distance between the front of the spare and the back of the vehicle.
Now that the spare is in place, you can remove the lug nuts, starting from the back. Remove the nuts and bolt them together and then remove the nuts that hold the jack assembly in place beneath the car. You will then need to disconnect the battery cables and disconnect the electrical harnesses. Once the engine is off, you can unhook the battery cables from the mounting brackets and unbolt the main electric cable from the firewall.
Place the new hubcap over the flat tire. Secure the hubcap with the screws provided. Replace the lug nuts and tighten them. You can now sit back and drive your vehicle knowing that it is properly secured for future use.