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Flat Tire? Now What?

Sep 12, 2022

An Inevitable experience for every car owner is that one day you will get a flat tire. There is no way to make this event fun, but knowing what to do can make it a whole lot more manageable. On that note, take a look at this detailed guide on how to handle a flat tire in multiple situations.

Get to a Safe Location

You can get a flat tire anywhere — at home, at work, on the side of the road, or on the highway. If you’re not at home and you notice you have a flat, take a moment to assess your surroundings. If you’re in a place where you don’t feel safe, whether it’s because of speeding traffic or other reasons, you should carefully move to a safe location. If there isn’t a safe place close by, call a roadside assistance provider. Don’t attempt to drive a long distance on a flat tire.

Assess the Tire

If you feel safe where you are, the next step is to assess the tire. Have you run over a nail or screw? If so, you’ll either have to use a tire repair kit, mount your spare tire, or call in the professionals. If you don’t see anything obvious, grab a portable air compressor and inflate your tire to the correct PSI. Listen for air hissing out of the tire. If you don’t hear the air rushing you have a slow leak and it’s probably safe to drive home, but keep an eye on the tire. If you do hear air rushing out, you need to mount your spare tire.

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How to Mount a Spare Tire

  1. Make sure you’re on level ground or your car will roll.
  2. Put the car in park and engage the emergency brake. If you have wheel blocks, use them.
  3. Position your jack at the correct jack points. Your owner’s manual will tell you where they are.
  4. Raise the jack until the car starts to give resistance.
  5. Loosen the lug nuts but don’t remove them.
  6. Raise the car until the tire is an inch off the ground.
  7. Finish removing the lug nuts and remove the tire.
  8. Position your spare tire on the wheel studs and replace the lug nuts. Tighten the lug nuts with your hand then loosely tighten them with your lug wrench.
  9. Slowly lower the car until it is resting on all of it’s tires.
  10. Finish tightening the lug nuts.

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