No matter how good your tires are, there will be times when you get a flat tire. That can happen for some reasons and at any time, so it’s always wise to be prepared and make sure your car’s trunk has a spare tire, and most importantly, the right tool for changing tires.
A flat tire is always a terrible inconvenience, but if you have breakdown cover either via your insurance policy or with an independent provider, it’s not quite so bad. You can make a call and wait for them to turn up and replace the tire for you.
However, if you don’t have breakdown cover and you get a flat tire, you either have to pay out to get someone to come and change the tire for you, or you do it yourself. It can seem a bit daunting, but all cars come with a spare tire and the equipment needed to change the tire, so it can be done. The only problem is how do you do it?
Replace The Problem Tires Immediately
Firstly, as soon as you know you have a problem with a tire you need to take your foot off the gas pedal. Then you need to coast as best as possible to a suitable place to stop. The longer you travel on a flat tire, the more damage you are doing to the metal rim and replacing it can be excessively expensive. Always do your best to stop on a stable flat surface, as you need to jack up the car.
Remove the hub cover if you have one, you can pull it out with a screwdriver. Loosen a little nut that holds the wheel in place. You need to do this before jacking up the car. Now put the jack under the …Read more