7 Easy Steps to Change Tire in Emergency
When traveling for any purpose, it is very important that you reach the desired destination safely and on time.
A cars tire condition plays a major factor in achieving this goal. Observing and maintaining the quality of ones tires gives an extra layer of safety and protection to the occupants of the vehicle as well as those outside of it and it can all begin with just one step....taking a glance.
The condition of a vehicle tires informs us of the maintenance needed and how to prevent flat tires in most cases. If faced with having a flat tire, it becomes a priority and must be changed immediately to prevent missed opportunities, any damages to the vehicle or even to ones self or others.
The knowledge of changing tires is very important with driving, and can be learned in 7 easy steps.
01. Choose the safest place
Initially choose the safest place (away from traffic, if possible) for the changing of your tires, because the safety of the vehicle and yourself is the number one priority. When doing so, always remember to exit your vehicle on the opposite side of traffic to prevent injury.
02. Using your vehicles safety equipment
Before exiting the vehicle to change the tire, remember to use the vehicle’s headlight or hazard light for proper visibility for the required change. This allows other drivers to become aware of you and your vehicles placement and situation.
03. Loosening the lug nuts
First, remove the wheel cap safely (if applicable) and then fix the wrench onto the lug nuts and rotate it counterclockwise (to the left) to loosen the lug nut. Repeat this step and loosen every nut (but not removing them) on the tire that you are looking to replace.
04. Lifting your vehicle
Next, locate the jack in your vehicle and use it to lift the vehicle off the ground. In most vehicles, the jack is stored in the trunk, or in the case of SUV's in the wayback, under the cargo-floor cover or underneath the back of a truck. First, you must know the exact area as to where the jack should be placed under the car for lifting (to prevent injury/damages), because during the change of your vehicles tire, the whole vehicle is balanced on this jack. Car jacks come in many forms and for proper usage, please refer to the manual specifically for your type of jack. For fitting the jack onto the proper metal part of your car, you can use your vehicle manual (normally located in the glove compartment, but it can also be located in the trunk, in a pouch behind the seat or under a seat). Remember, this is an important step for changing the tires because all of the weight of your vehicle is on this jack.
05. Removing the lug nuts for changing a tire
Once the vehicle is properly lifted and balanced, with the help of the wrench continue to remove the loosened lug nuts by rotating them counterclockwise (turning to the left completely) until all the lug nuts are removed and put them in a safe place because all lug nuts will be required after the replacement of the spare/new tire. Now remove the flattened tire and replace it with the spare/new one. The flattened tire can be temporarily stored in the same space that the spare/new tire was originally located.
06. Placing the spare tire on the wheelbase
Now to place your spare/new tire on the wheelbase of your vehicle, align the slots of the tire to the wheel studs (looks similar to a large screw) on the vehicle. Next, replace all lug nuts on the appropriate wheel stud and use the wrench to apply them one at a time, but night fully tightening them. Before lowering your vehicle check that you push the spare as far back as possible for safety purposes and that the lug nuts supports this hold.
07. Lower your vehicle and tightening the lug nuts
After checking all of the lug nuts and the fitting of the tire, you can now lower the vehicle by using the jack. Now, tighten the lug nuts completely in the order of 1,3,5,2,4,…and repeat the order assuring that they are fully secured. Double check that all lug nuts have been tighten equally and completely, gather all equipment used and return to your vehicle safely and you can now resume your traveling.
Congratulations and have a safe journey.