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How to Change a Flat Tire

For decades, we at Goodman Acker P.C. have remained committed to doing all we can to defend the rights of personal injury accident victims and their families. In our efforts to help drivers reduce their chances of being involved in a serious or fatal car accident, we are doing a series of posts highlighting specific areas of concern. The first in our “Road Safety 101: A Weekly Guide to Staying Safe on the Road” series discusses how to change a flat tire.

Be Prepared Before You Head Out

One of the most important steps in changing a flat tire is being sufficiently prepared. If you do not have the tools you need to mend a flat or change a tire, you could find yourself stranded along the side of the road. Tools you may want to have in your trunk include a spare tire, jack, flashlight, gloves, tire gauge, wheel blocks and fix-a-flat spray or tire sealant.

Tools You Need To Change A Flat Tire How To change A Flat Tire by Goodman Acker

Basic Steps to Changing a Flat Tire

Changing a flat tire can be completed with relative ease, so long as you know what to do. The following are the basic steps to safely changing a flat tire without a lot of hassle:

Step 1: Move your car to the shoulder to change your flat tire Road Safety 101: A Weekly Guide to Staying Safe On The Road by the Detroit car accident attorneys at Goodman Acker1. Choose your location carefully. Not all roads have a shoulder where it is safe for you to pull to the side and change a tire. In some instances, you may need to exit the highway or find a safe place away from the flow of traffic. Find a level surface with adequate space, safe from traffic.

Step 2 to changing a tire: Turn on your hazard lights and use flares. Road Safety 101: A Weekly Guide to Staying Safe On The Road by the Detroit car accident attorneys at Goodman Acker2. Turn on your hazard lights. If you have reflective triangles or flares you may want to use those as well, particularly if you are changing a tire at night. Even with these safety precautions in place, remember to keep an eye on traffic.

Step 3 To changing your flat tire: Put park brake on or use blocks to keep vehicle still. Road Safety 101: A Weekly Guide to Staying Safe On The Road by the Detroit car accident attorneys at Goodman Acker3. Set your parking brake. You may also want to place a brick or wheel block, if you have one, behind the wheel diagonally across from the one you are going to replace. This can help minimize the risk of your vehicle starting to roll once it us up on the jack.

Step 4 to changing a flat tire: Asses if you have the right tools to change your tire. Road Safety 101: A Weekly Guide to Staying Safe On The Road by the Detroit car accident attorneys at Goodman Acker4. Inspect your spare tire and make sure you have the tools necessary to change the tire. As long as you have what you need, you can proceed with the next step.

Step 5 to changing a flat tire. Road Safety 101: A Weekly Guide to Staying Safe On The Road by the Detroit car accident attorneys at Goodman Acker5. Remove the jack and lug wrench.

Step 6 to changing a flat tire: Remove lugs. Road Safety 101: A Weekly Guide to Staying Safe On The Road by the Detroit car accident attorneys at Goodman Acker6. Pry off the hub cap (if the vehicle has it) and use the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts-they must be loosened prior to raising the vehicle on the jack.

Step 7 to changing a flat tire: If you have additional tools, use your owners manual. Road Safety 101: A Weekly Guide to Staying Safe On The Road by the Detroit car accident attorneys at Goodman Acker7. Some vehicles may require an adapter or additional tools. If this is the case, refer to your owner’s manual for further instructions.

Step 8 to changing a flat tire: Use jack to lift car and remove lugs completely. Road Safety 101: A Weekly Guide to Staying Safe On The Road by the Detroit car accident attorneys at Goodman Acker8. Place your jack in the position noted in your vehicle instruction manual. Then, use your jack to lift your vehicle about six inches off the ground. Remove the lug nuts.

Step 9 to changing a flat tire: Remove flat tire. Road Safety 101: A Weekly Guide to Staying Safe On The Road by the Detroit car accident attorneys at Goodman Acker9. Pull the flat tire off the car and set it aside so that it will not roll away or become a hazard.

Step 10 to changing a flat tire: put on spare tire. Road Safety 101: A Weekly Guide to Staying Safe On The Road by the Detroit car accident attorneys at Goodman Acker10. Take the spare tire and push it all the way onto the wheel base.

Step 11 to changing a flat tire: Put on and tighten lugs. Road Safety 101: A Weekly Guide to Staying Safe On The Road by the Detroit car accident attorneys at Goodman Acker11. Put on the lug nuts and tighten them manually with your fingers.

Step 12 to changing a flat tire: Lower car from jack. Road Safety 101: A Weekly Guide to Staying Safe On The Road by the Detroit car accident attorneys at Goodman Acker12. Lower the jack all the way back down and remove it from under your vehicle.

Step 13 to changing a flat tire: Tighten lugs across from each other instead of in a row. Road Safety 101: A Weekly Guide to Staying Safe On The Road by the Detroit car accident attorneys at Goodman Acker13. Tighten the lug nuts using the lug wrench. Instead of tightening each in a row, try going back and forth on opposite sides until each is tightened sufficiently.

Step 14 to changing a flat tire: Put away flat tire and drive away safely. Road Safety 101: A Weekly Guide to Staying Safe On The Road by the Detroit car accident attorneys at Goodman Acker14. Clean up your tools and put those, along with your flat tire, back in your vehicle.

Once each of these steps is done, you are safe to drive away. Be sure to get your flat tire replaced in a timely fashion, so that you will be prepared in the event of an emergency in the future. It is also advised you take your vehicle to a repair shop at your earliest convenience to check your work and get your tires aligned.