How to Change a Flat Tire

How to Change a Flat Tire


How to Change a Flat Tire. Many people belong to a roadside-assistance
service, but if you’re stuck in a remote area, you’ll want to know what to do. You will need A spare tire A lug wrench A
jack Bricks or large rocks Roadside flares Reflective triangle A tire-pressure gauge
A canned tire sealant and a locking lug nut key. Heavy tires, elevated and unstable vehicles,
and nearby traffic can make changing your own tire extremely dangerous. Be careful, and always check your owner’s
manual first—directions may be different depending on the year, make, and model of
your vehicle. Step 1. Make sure the car is parked on a flat, level
surface far from any oncoming traffic, and engage the emergency brake. Turn on your hazard lights, and if you have
roadside flares or a reflective triangle, use them to warn other drivers that you’re
working on your vehicle. Consider keeping a canned tire sealant in
your emergency kit. If your tire has only been slightly compromised,
the sealant may patch it long enough to get you to the service station. Step 2. Find heavy objects—like bricks or rocks—to
block the wheels. Place them in front of and behind the tire
that’s diagonally across from the one that went flat. If you have plenty of rocks, block both wheels
on the opposite axle. If you have a digital camera (or a cell phone
with a built-in camera) snap a picture before you start disassembling everything. That way, you’ll have a ready reference guide
of how things should look when they go back together. Step 3. Lay out your spare tire, jack, and lug wrench. Many tires feature a locking lug nut to guard
against theft. To remove, use the special key tool—the
car’s manual will specify where it’s located. Step 4. Most lug nuts follow the righty-tighty/lefty-loosey
rule. Attach the lug wrench to a nut, and turn the
wrench counterclockwise. Repeat with each lug nut until all the nuts
are loosened. Step 5. Refer to the owner’s manual for the best spot
to place the jack—typically along the frame, very close to the flat tire. Jack the car up until the wheel is off the
ground. Never get under the car when it’s on a jack. Since it’s fairly unstable in this position,
keep other people away until the car is safely on the ground. Step 6. Remove the lug nuts one at a time, and keep
them together in a spot where they won’t roll away or disappear. Then remove the flat. Step 7. Mount the spare tire onto the wheel lugs. You may need to jack the car up some more
to slip on the spare tire. Check the tire pressure on your spare regularly. That way, it won’t be flat when you need it. Step 8. Replace one lug nut at a time. Begin tightening each by hand, then continue
with the lug wrench. Lower your car to the ground, and finish tightening
the lugs in opposite pairs, to ensure uniform pressure. Once you’re done, replace the hubcap. Step 9. Remove the objects blocking the wheels, and
place the tools and the flat tire in your trunk. Step 10. Your wheel is ready, but you won’t be able
to drive as quickly on a spare. Check your owner’s manual or the tire itself
to determine the spare’s top speed, and get yourself to the nearest garage so they can
patch or replace your tire! Did you know In Texas Hold ’em, a “flat tire”
means you were initially dealt a jack and a four – in any suit.

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  1. There is such a thing as an American dictionary. It's called the New Oxford American Dictionary.
    There is nothing wrong with neither AmE, BrE, CanE, nor any other type of formally spoken English.

    Why do you feel so strongly that the English you speak is the best?

    Furthermore, the OED did denounce the use of "-ise" over "-ize," and no one really cares about "-yse" or "-yze." I believe that you are incorrect in labeling these spelling differences as being strictly American.

  2. @omfgiown1 the point of it is to have a temporary fix so u can drive to a place where it can be professorially fixed.

  3. How to change a flat tire

    You will need:

    An impact wrench

    Step 1: Buy and impact wrench

    Step 2: Replace it with a spare tire with the impact wrench

    Step 3: Get the old tire repaired by your mechanic

    Did you know,Howcast made videos that could be understood by a 3 yr old

  4. did anyone catch the righty-tighty lefty-loosey arrows are both going the same way ……. FAILLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  5. You should tighten them in a star pattern, not clockwise like they showed. If you number the lug nuts 1 through 5 going clock wise, it should be 1, 3, 5, 2, 4. Do 2 rounds of this, first snug with the wrench, but not firmly tightened. Then Firmly tightened. Dont crank on it as you can break the bolts right off. There are five or more for a reason, they share the load. πŸ™‚

  6. This would be great if I wanted to know how to jack up a car. I want to see the full operation. Misleading title

  7. This is super extra. Pull your jack and tire out of the trunk and get to work. Wait guys. I gotta get my bricks to prevent rolling. Bit*h please

  8. SOMEONE HELP ME I HAVE A FLAT TIRE! I got a flat tire in my fully packed school bus, which frightened the students, and they waited for me as I changed the tire. Due to the weight, I had all 72 people get off of the bus.

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