It’s a fact of life and bound to happen if you drive enough miles or km – flat tires. They should not happen yet they do even to the best of well maintained cars, SUVs and trucks. Whether it is glass shards, roofer nails in the drive way or January February cold winter temperatures leading to leaks from frigid aluminum rims you can bet its not a question of if you ever have a flat or low tire but only “when”. Still what do you do in these situations to correct and solve your problem which if preventing you from traveling down the road to your destination or destinations?
First of all the easiest solution is to call roadside assistance or the motor league for a “rescue vehicle” to change your flat. Sure in 2011 most of us have cell phones yet this is not always an option since you may in an isolated locale or more likely at peak times the wait time may be longer than its worth. Better to do it yourself – or even better have a kind Samaritan asking to provide assistance on the spot, on the fly.
What to do if none of the above avails to you at the moment.
1) Try to park the car on level ground, a safe distance from speeding traffic. If you are on a hill, coast to the bottom before attempting to change the tire. If you are on a city street, turn the wheels away from the curb to prevent it from rolling away. At the very least make sure that there are no innocent passengers, bystanders or animals near the car
2) Block the wheels. Even if you are on level ground grab a few rocks or other handy objects that you can find to wedge against the wheels at the opposite end of the vehicle
3) Ensure that your auto is in park or neutral and that the emergency brake is on before you jack it up
4) Place the jack under the car or truck near the flat tire so it will touch either the automobile frame or rear-wheel suspension
5) Remove the hubcap by prying it off with the flat end of the lug wrench or other flat instrument.
6) Loosen the lug nuts. However do not remove them until you have finished jacking up the car. This can take a little … Read More