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How Do I Change A Flat Tire?

Welcome to this week’s blog post. As a Bell Auto, we know when you are a new car driver or when you don’t know how you change a flat tire; it might seem complicated to do it at first. While driving your car, something might suddenly happen to your tire, and you have to change it right away with the spare tire.

Before we continue this week’s blog post, you might want to check out our previous blog, which is “How Do I Change My Vehicle’s Cabin Air Filter?

When you buy your first car, you can experience the excitement of owning your own car. However, it is crucial to know how to repair or replace a few car parts. One part you need to know how to replace is your tire. If you’re stuck on the road with a flat tire, it may take some time for help to arrive, so it’s a good skill to know. So how to change a flat tire? For an easy step-by-step tutorial on tire changing, you can watch the video we share below or read our blog post.

Let’s get to how you can change your tire.

1-) Get the safe spot!

You have to change your tire while on the road, and it might be dangerous. The first thing you should know is safe the always the first priority. When you have to change your car’s tire, you should find the safest spot to change your tire. You need to find a flat, solid, positioned face that will prevent the car from rolling. If you used to worry about a flat tire, don’t slow down or turn suddenly. Instead, slow down gradually and pull slowly to the side of the road to assess the situation.

2-)Turn on the hazard lights, prevent your car from rolling and install warning devices.

We know that we mention the safety first step. But we want you to be safe while working on your tire. When you stop your car, the first thing you should do is turn on your hazard light. If you ask why we are doing that, the reason is apparent. The other driver can see you and understand you have a problem with your car.

The second thing you should do is prevent your car from rolling. If you have some block to block your vehicle from moving, that is good. But you don’t have to worry if you don’t that is fine too. You can use rock around you at that time.

The last thing before starting the process, you should install warning devices. You should install warning devices a little further away so that other drivers can see the sign without seeing you.

3-) Find your spare tire, jack and the tire iron

It’s time for real work. Now you are ready in metally and can do the actual work. We know not every car has a spare tire. If you don’t have a spare tire, you want to know that before your car’s tire is gone.

If your new auto came with a spare tire, also it’s likely equipped with the two tools you will need; a jack and lug wrench. These are generally kept under the bottom mat or latch in the trunk. However, the spare tire is mounted on the reverse of the tailgate or underneath the vehicle itself. Your proprietor’s primer will tell you exactly where to find your tire.

4-) Take off the hubcap or wheel cover.

Still, it’s easier to remove this now before you jack up the auto If your vehicle has a hubcap. You will know if you have a hubcap if your lug nuts are hidden. You can use the flat end of your lug wrench to remove the mecca cap by fitting the flat reverse and prying it off for utmost vehicles. Some buses do need a specific tool to remove the lid. Check your proprietor’s primer to make sure. You can skip this step altogether if you do not have a hubcap.

5-) Loosen the wheel lugs

Turn the lug wrench counterclockwise until you break their resistance using the lug wrench. You may have to use force, and that’s ok. Use your bottom or all of your bodyweight if necessary.

6-) Position the jack and lift up the car.

The right place for the jack is generally beneath the vehicle frame alongside the flat tire. To safely lift and avoid damage to the vehicle, follow the instructions for jack placement in your vehicle proprietor’s primer.

With the jack duly deposited, raise the vehicle until the flat tire is about six elevations above the ground.

Noway put any part of your body under the car during or after raising the vehicle with the jack.

7-) Unscrew the lug nuts and remove the flat tire.

Now it’s time to remove the lug nuts all the way. Since you’ve formerly loosened them, you should be suitable to wind them substantially by hand.

Gripping the tire by the treads, pull it gently toward you until it’s entirely free from the mecca behind it. Set it on its side so that it doesn’t roll down.

8-)Install the spare tire and screw on the lug nuts.

Now place the extra on the hub by lining up the rim with the lug bolts. Push gently until the lug bolts show through the rim.

Put the lug nuts back on the lug bolts and strain them by hand. Once they’re all on, recheck each one, tensing as much as possible. You’ll strain them with the wrench after lowering the vehicle to the ground.

9-) Lower the car and tighten the wheel lugs completely.

Lower the vehicle down, also remove the jack – you don’t need it presently. After that, take your lug wrench and give your lug nuts one last pull. Remember to follow a star-shaped pattern!

10-) Check the tire pressure and pack up your tools

If you have a hubcap to put back on, now is the time to do it. Simply put it back on the same way you took it off. Don’t leave anything on the side of the road when you drive away. Take your jack, lug wrench, and the other tools you used and stow them in your trunk.

And of course, don’t forget your flat tire side of the road.

If there isn’t enough air in the tire, it isn’t safe to drive on. If the tire needs more air, drive slowly to the nearest gas station.

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