Changing a flat tire is no fun, even in the best weather, but as the temperatures soar in Texas, you really don’t want to get caught on the side of a busy highway in the heat of the day. A flat tire can ruin the whole rhythm of your day. Not only will you be inevitably late to where ever you were heading, you will have to find the time to drop your car off at a tire repair shop. The least we can do is make changing a tire as simple as possible. Now if you have roadside assistance, you may opt to stay in the air conditioned comfort of your car until help arrives, but if you’re feeling the time squeeze we can get you back on the road again in about 20 minutes.
Step 1: Find a Safe Place to Park
When you get a flat tire, maneuver your car to a safe flat location to change the tire. We do not recommend driving your car with a flat tire. When you drive on a flat, you risk the potential of damaging your rims. Make sure where ever your car comes to rest, there is ample room to work away from passing motorists.
Step 2: Put on the Emergency Brake
This is an important step that is sometimes overlooked. Since you will be jacking up your car, it is more likely to roll forward or backward. Be sure to set your emergency brake firmly, and if your car is automatic, place it in park. If you drive a manual transmission, we recommend placing the car in gear.
Step 3: Check the Air Pressure in Your Spare
Before you put all the effort into changing your tire, ensure that your spare is capable of carrying the weight. A flat spare will get you no further than your flat tire.
Step 4: Retrieve Your Tools
We recommend getting all the tools required out. This makes sure you have everything you need to change the tire. You’ll need a jack, a tire iron, a lug lock if required and a fully inflated spare tire.
Step 5: Loosen the Lug Nuts
Place your tire iron over the flat tire’s lug nut and firmly pull it to the left. Once all the lug nuts are loose enough remove by hand, move on to the next step.
Step 6: Raise your Car
Using the jack, raise your car until there is at two inches of clearance under the flat tire.
Step 7: Finish Removing the Lug Nuts
Remove the lug nuts by hand and place in a safe location. Lug nuts can easily be scattered on the roadside, so we recommend placing them in a cup or pocket.
Step 8: Remove the Flat Tire and Replace with the Spare
This step is pretty self explanatory. You may find it easier to line up the holes by balancing the tire on the toe of your shoe while sliding it on. Next, hand tighten the lug nuts on the spare tire.
Step 9: Lower the Jack
Lower the jack and remove it from underneath the car. Once the spare tire is on the ground, you can use the tire iron to tighten the lug nuts securely. We recommend using a star pattern while tightening, to ensure the spare tire is flush against the wheel.
Step 10: Gather Your Tools
Be sure to gather all your tools and replace them in the trunk. This way you’ll be prepared the next time you experience a flat tire.
Congratulations! You just changed a flat tire and it only took 10 easy steps.