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Have you ever been stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire you didn’t know how to change, so you had to wait for a friend or roadside assistance? It happens to nearly everyone, so sooner or later you will be put to test of knowing how to change a flat tire or calling someone to help. Randall Mitsubishi is here to help you help yourself in this type of situation. Being able to solve this problem yourself will help you get back on the road in no time.
Here are some things you will need to get the job done: car jack, wrench, and spare tire. Plus, here are some extra things that will help make the job easier: flashlight, gloves, tarp or mat to kneel on, plastic poncho (never know what type of weather you will be in), Fix-a-Flat™ spray foam, tire gauge, and tire blocks. Keep these items in your trunk so they are there when you need them no matter where you are.
With the proper tools packed in your vehicle, you are ready to follow these simple steps should a crisis such as this arises.
1. Find a safe flat spot to pullover - hills can be dangerous when jacking up your car as well as parking in a curve. Don’t forget to set your parking brake
2. Turn on hazard lights – then get your supplies from the trunk
3. Use the wrench to loosen the lug nuts – by turning the wrench to the left but do not remove them.
4. Use the jack to lift the vehicle 6 inches off the ground - follow your car’s manual to know where to put the car jack then, once it is secured in place, jack the car up 6 inches.
5. Remove lug nuts and pull tire off the vehicle – place the lug nuts in a pile or bowl so they won’t scatter. Be sure to pull the tire straight towards yourself when removing it from the wheel base.
6. Place the spare on the car – then line up the lug nut posts with hole in the spare then push the spare into the wheel base.
7. Put on lug nuts – Do not tighten the lug nuts all the way.
8. Lower the car to the ground – by using the jack then remove it from underneath and stow it away.
9. Tighten the lug nuts all the way to the wheel – be sure to tighten the lug nut gradually starting with one then moving to its opposite until all are as tight as they can go.
10. Put the flat tire and tools back in your trunk
You can use some of the extra items we mentioned to make this process easier. You can place the wheel blocks directing in front and behind all tires to ensure that they won’t roll when you jack up the car. Also, sometimes you can use the Fix-a-Flat™ spray foam to give you a few more miles on the tire to get to a service station and have the tire replaced.
Randall Mitsubishi never wants car problems to get in the way of your busy schedule so by following these steps you can take matters into your own hands and get back on the road in no time at all. Be sure to have your Mitsubishi serviced regularly at Randall Mitsubishi to ensure everything is in tip-top shape to hit the open road.