Ever get stranded at the side of a freezing cold highway with a flat tire? Know the feeling of waiting for hours for the motor rescue to show? With just a little know-how, you could be back on the road in no time, without having to rely on outside assistance. Fortunately, changing a tire is a pretty easy, provided you’re prepared to exert a little effort. Read the step-by-step list below thoroughly, and you’ll be properly empowered for the next sudden breakdown.
1 – Start by reading your car-owner’s manual from cover to cover; especially the sections devoted to changing a wheel. This manual contains valuable information as to where to find the jack, wheel brace and any other tools you might need to change a wheel, as well as where to find the jacking points.
2 – Please note it is very important to check the inflation pressure of the spare tire regularly. It’s extremely frustrating to find the spare tire already flat (!) when you need to use it.
3 – In the event you do have a ‘flat’, pull off to the side of the road and on to a flat and level surface. Apply the parking brake, and after turning off the engine, engage reverse gear in a manual car, or in ‘park’ with an auto.
4 – Turn on the hazard warning flashers to warn other motorists of your presence. Remove the jack, wheel brace, and spare wheel from the trunk. Jack the car off the ground using the jacking point closest to the wheel being changed. Place the jack under the frame near the tire that you are going to change. Ensure the jack is in contact with the metal portion of your car’s frame, and if you’re not sure about where exactly to place the jack, consult again with the car manual.
5 – Pump or crank the jack to lift the tire off the ground. You need to lift it high enough to remove the flat tire and replace it with a spare. As you lift, make sure that the car is stable. If you notice any instability, lower the jack and fix the problem before fully lifting the car.
6 – Once off the ground, remove the loosened wheel nuts by finger and slide the wheel off the wheel studs. Fit the spare, run the nuts up as snug as you can by using your fingers. (Make sure the spare tire is facing the correct way and not backwards. That is, with the valve stem of the tire facing outwards, away from the vehicle.) Lower the car to the ground and tighten the wheel nuts by tightening every second nut in sequence using the wheel brace until all nuts are tight.
7 – Finally, properly stow the jack, wheel brace, and punctured tire, and proceed on your way. Yay!
8 – It is a good idea to place the old tire in your trunk and take to a mechanic, who will give you an estimated cost for the repair. Small punctures can possibly be repaired for fifty shekels or less. If the tire cannot be fixed, they will dispose of it properly and sell you a replacement.
Follow these valuable instructions to the letter and you’ll never be left ‘out in the cold’ again! For additional guidance, further explanation or for a visual demonstration, consult us or your local car mechanic.
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