Your tire just blew out. It's essential to be prepared and know the steps to how to change a flat tire.
How to Change a Flat Tire: First, Be Prepared
You must have either a flat tire repair kit or a spare tire. Also, you need to inspect your spare tire periodically. A tire without any air does do you any good. Other things you may want to have in case of an emergency include paper towels, flashlights, tire gauge, and blankets.
Pick Your Spot
You can't always get the right spot to change a tire safely. Look for a sturdy, level surface with separation between the road and your vehicle. Put on your flashers while steering your car to your selected spot. Then, put on your parking brake.
Get the Lugs Loose
Begin by chocking a wheel opposite the side of your car you are going to jack up. A rock or piece of wood on the roadside will do if you don't have a wheel chock in your vehicle. This method guarantees your vehicle doesn't move when you have it in the air.
Then, put a floor mat down and get your lug wrench. You might need to take off a lug nut cover. Loosen, but don't take off all the lug nuts. You might need a lug key adapter for one or all of the lugs.
Jack It Up
Find the spot weld or jack point under the vehicle by the tire you're taking off. Put the jack so that the jack handle points out. Next, crank it up clockwise with your jack handle tools. When you see the light between the tire and the ground, your car is high enough to take the wheel off.
Remove the Tire
Turn the loose lug nuts the rest of the way off. Next, remove the tire from the vehicle. Ideally, it'll just come right off. A couple of kicks, though, could break it free if it's difficult.
Get the Spare
Get your spare tire. Line up the studs and holes then push on the tire. Put back on all the lugs. You'll want to get the lugs tight. Once the wheel is on correctly, it's time to put the vehicle on the ground.
Lower the Vehicle
Move the jack handle in the opposite direction now to put your automobile back on the ground slowly. Once it's down, you can take the jack out from beneath your vehicle and get your lug wrench.
Not everyone is mechanically inclined. You can also contact us at Buffalo Roadside Assistance to change your flat tire for you.
In addition to having the number for a roadside assistance service, you should also have a car emergency kit. It could save your life.
Being Prepared with a Car Emergency Kit
Regardless of when incidents happen, you must be ready. Car emergency kits give you the chance to survive until a towing service or medical help arrives.
Below are the must-have items for your car emergency kit:
Every motorist must have a first-aid kit with everything such as gauze, antibiotic ointment, different size band-aids, scissors, gloves, multipurpose splint, burn spray, and pain relief tablets. The kit also should have eyewash, antiseptic spray, tweezers, Clorox wipes, adhesive tapes, alcohol pads, blood stopper compress, ice pack, and anything else you deem essential.
Fire extinguishers must be for Class B and Class C fires.
A jump fixes car experiencing electrical problems. Jumper cables must be at least 10 feet long. Jumper cables must provide you with protection from any electrical surge. The cables also must be insulated enough for the usual wear and tear.
Tow Rope or Strap
Even if every driver can have four-wheel drive automobiles, there can still be situations in which your car gets stuck. Heavy-duty tow straps or ropes can be your best friend.
Reflective triangles signify there is an emergency. These triangles are essential so that other drivers may use caution when coming to your location.
Portable Car Charger
Automotive problems can leave you stranded in the most remote areas. For that reason alone, you must always carry a portable phone charger. Some come with swift charging abilities. But the milliamp hours are the most crucial.
Regardless of what's cracked, duct tape is the temporary repairer you must have on hand.
A blanket doesn't seem necessary until you need one. For instance, a blanket works as a barrier, and the ground when you need to inspect under your vehicle. If stranded for a long time, wrap your blanket around you until help arrives.
When shopping for a good flashlight, stay clear of the rechargeable ones unless you plan on buying a good number of battery units. Get a crank emergency flashlight. This type delivers bright light for a long time with just a turn of the crank.
If you find yourself stranded on the road, call Buffalo Roadside Assistance to get help immediately and affordably.
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