How To Change A Flat Tire

How To Change A Flat Tire

Changing A Flat Tire Dallas

Changing A Flat Tire Dallas

Having a flat tire on your car or truck can be very frustrating, especially if you’re in a hurry. But, rather than worrying about where you need to be and who you’re missing out on at your business meeting, if you’re going to change your own tire, you need to get down to work learning how to change a flat.

If instead, you don’t want to change your own tire, then simply give the Dallas Towboys a call. When you do, not only will you save time and quite possibly your clothes from getting dirty, but you’ll also be assured that an experienced tow truck operator will do the tire change right. Your mileage may vary, but removing a tire that is deflated from your car and replacing it with your good spare, is not as easy as some make it out to be.

For example; if your tire is completely bald,, or if you experienced a blowout while driving, you may encounter the steel belting that lies beneath your tire’s rubber.  When the steel belting shows through, there’s a serious chance that you or whomever you are with may become injured.  So, if you’re hell-bent on changing your tire roadside, ensure that you always have a hardy pair of leather gloves in your trunk.

On the other hand, if you don’t have gloves, and you’re not hip on getting your hands cut by changing your tire on your car, then simply click the button below and give the Dallas Towboys a call. When you call, we’ll get there fast and get you back on the road in no time.

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Changing a tire is dangerous

Before we begin explaining how to change a tire that is flat on your car, you need to understand that not only is it not something we would say is an unpleasant operation, but also express to you that changing a flat roadside can be dangerous as well. A study by the National Highway Transportation Association revealed that tire blowouts result in tens of thousands of automobile accidents that also include hundreds of deaths.

The good news is, experiencing a deflated tire does not result in death with most flats on motorists’ cars. But, if you don’t know what you’re doing changing your own tire it can certainly be a very frustrating experience. To ensure that your tire change goes off without a hitch, below are the tools and the processes you should go through in order to change your tire yourself.

What You Need To Change A Tire

  • Leather Gloves
  • Car Jack
  • Spare Tire With Air
  • Lug Nut Wrench
  • Car Owner’s Manual
  • Tire Chocks
  • Wooden Blocks
  • Mallet or Hammer

Finding your spare tire

If you’ve changed your own tire before, it may be hard to understand that most drivers have zero experience in how to even remove a spare from their car. That’s because the spare tire is located in various locations on different makes and models of cars and trucks. Some spare tires are secured in the bottom of the trunk of your car, under the faux bottom panel. Other spares are located beneath the trunk, attached to the frame of the car, while still others are located underneath the car in the middle.

Specifically, because spare tires are located in various locations on your vehicle, we suggest that you first consult the vehicle’s owner’s manual. Which you can find in the glove compartment.  Once you find the information about your spare tire, you’ll also learn what tools are required to remove the spare and where to find them on the vehicle. If you don’t have an owner’s manual, it can be somewhat of a scavenger hunt attempting to find your spare tire tools.

Another option for locating your spare and tire changing tools is to perform a search on Google. Simply search the year, make, and model of your vehicle with the term “spare location.” Google will provide you more than enough information to help you locate your tire tools.

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How to change tires

After you’ve located your spare tire, and all of the tire changing tools required to perform the job, here are the steps you’ll want to follow for changing your tire.

1. Find a location to make the tire change

If you’ve experienced a flat on your car while driving, the first thing you should do is calm down. Quickly slamming on your brakes when you have a blowout is one of the surest ways to put your car in the ditch, or even roll your vehicle over on its top. So, slowly reduce your speed and look at the area around you. If you are not close to a highway exit, we suggest that you look for an area of the shoulder that is level. Changing a tire on a hill is dangerous, so if you cannot find a parking lot or somewhere other than the shoulder of the highway to change your tire, find a level and wide section of the shoulder to do the work. One word of advice; we caution you to never attempt a tire change on a narrow stretch of the shoulder, as distracted motorists may not see you there and might inadvertently hit you or your car. Rather, call for a flatbed tow truck to move you and your car to a safe location.

2. Turn your hazards lights on

Often termed flashers, your hazard lights serve as indicators to passing motorists that you are experiencing difficulties with your car. They’re a nice reminder to attentive motorists to move over and/or slow down so as not to cause damage to your or your car. If you have orange triangles or flares in your car, these additional signals are also very helpful in alerting passing motorists of your situation roadside.

3. Secure your car will not roll

Once you have found a safe location for the tire change and turned on your hazard lights, you should then ensure that your car will not roll during the tire changing process. To do this, first, apply the parking brake. Then if you have tire chocks or blocks, place them in front of and behind one or more of your inflated tires. If you don’t have wooden blocks or tire chocks, large rocks placed properly will fit the bill.  Once you are sure the car will not roll, you should remove the spare tire from its storage location.  It’s very important that you remove the spare from its storage location BEFORE jacking up the car and removing the lug nuts. Crawling underneath a car suspended on a jack is not wise and can cause serious injury or even death.

4. Remove the wheel cover and loosen the lug nuts

The next step in the tire changing process is removing the wheel cover or hubcap, as it is commonly known. Removing the wheel cover will expose the lug nuts. Most vehicle wheel covers are easily removed with the flat end of the lug nut wrench. But, some models require a tool to remove the tire’s wheel cover. (Consult your manual for more) Once the lug nuts are exposed, you should then use the lug wrench to loosen all of your lug nuts. Do not remove them completely yet. You simply want to avoid moving the vehicle too much while it is on the jack. Sometimes it can be quite difficult to break loose rusted and dirty lug nuts and the commotion may cause the vehicle to fall off of the jack. Ensure that you place the lug nuts in a safe location, like the hub cap, so that you have all of them available once the good wheel is on your car.

5. Put your jack under the car

You will find your jack with the rest of the tire changing tools. And, you can learn the proper placement of the jack on the frame of your vehicle by consulting the vehicle’s owner’s manual. Many models of cars have a molded plastic piece on the bottom of the frame with exposed metal, meant specifically for placing a jack. Be very careful to avoid placing the jack on a weak area underneath your car, as doing so could cause the jack to collapse and the car to fall off of the jack. This could result in harm to you and others. Ensure that the base of the jack is on a solid, level surface, such as pavement or gravel. Moist ground may cause your jack to sink, and an uneven road may cause the car to fall off of the jack. Then, slowly jack the vehicle up so that the deflated tire is not touching the ground.

6. Remove the lug nuts and the spare tire

Once the jack has enabled your tire to clear the ground, now is the time to completely remove the lug nuts and the spare tire. Again, ensure that you store the lug nuts in a safe place. And be very careful with a flat tire that has exposed steel belting. Once removed, roll the bad tire to the back of your car, clear of the roadway.

7. Mount the good tire onto the hub

Place the spare tire onto the hub, by sliding it onto the lug bolts. If there is insufficient space to place the tire onto the hub, you will need to jack up the car further. Once the spare tire is mounted, screw the lug nuts on by hand. Once all of the lug nuts are on the lug bolts, use your lug wrench to tighten them further. At this stage, you’ll want to ensure that the lug nuts are all even and snug up against the wheel. However, do not apply too much force because doing so could cause the car to come off of the jack.  Once the car is lowered and off of the jack you will, once again tighten the lug nuts further.

8. Lower the vehicle and tighten the lug nuts

Now that you have the lug nuts snug up against the wheel, you will need to lower the jack so that the tire is resting on the ground but the car is still slightly supported by the jack. Tighten the lug nuts in a criss-cross pattern, ensuring that all lug nuts are as tight as possible. Then completely lower the vehicle and stow away the spare tire and tire tools.

9. Have your mechanic tighten your lug nuts with a torque wrench

Immediately after you change your tire, have your mechanic use a torque wrench on your lug nuts. This will ensure that all the nuts for your wheel are tightened to the same degree. This will ensure that the load is evenly applied.

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