Fundamental Car Knowledge Everyone Should Know
It has happened (or will) to all of us. Our tire pressure indicator turns on, or a tire blows while you are driving and you end up having to put on a spare tire on the side of the road. But would you actually know how to change your flat tire out if it came to that? 1 in 5 Americans do NOT know how to change a tire, even though the average driver will have five flat tires in their lifetime and we want that statistic to change.
What Do You Need:
- A jack
- A lug wrench
- A spare tire
That’s it. If you have these three things, you can change a tire. Your car probably has an owner’s manual that will be helpful to have as well. After pulling over to a safe place with your emergency flashers on, put on your parking brake. Remove your hubcaps if you have them with a flat-headed tool such as a screwdriver, or even your keys. Loosen the lug nuts before jacking up the car, not too much but enough to make it easy once the jack is in place. Consult your owner’s manual to see where your car-jacking tools are located. Place the jack where your manual recommends to place it, often it is marked. The area should be flat near the tire you are changing. Jack the car up just so the tire is lifted above the ground and can be slid off. Finishing loosening the lug nuts and pull the flat off and replace with the spare tire. Remember your spare tire is most likely is just that, a spare, not a tire to keep on the car for a long time. Put the lug nuts back on and hand-tighten. Lower the the car jack until it slides out easily. Finish off by tightening the lug nuts in a criss-cross pattern with the wrench.
And you are done! If you have the proper tools and follow these instructions in conjunction with your owner’s manual, then changing a tire is not as difficult as you might think it is. Driving with a flat tire is risky and can easily cause a car accident. Make sure you purchase a new tire as soon as possible if your spare is just a temporary tire or “doughnut”.