HOW TO: CHANGE A FLAT TIRE
Many of our Schaumburg customers at Patrick MINI ask how to change a flat tire. Although it may seem like a difficult task, it’s quick and easy if you understand the right way to do it. If you’ve never changed a flat tire, it’s suggested to give it a test run before it happens when you’re on the road.
You’ll need to have a jack, lug wrench and spare to change a flat tire. Be sure that you pull over in a safe place, and you should always avoid narrow shoulders near congested roads. Try to find a flat surface so that you don’t have to worry about rollback, and always activate the parking brake before you begin. It’s also recommended that you activate your hazard lights to let oncoming traffic know to slow down as it passes your vehicle.
While you have already engaged the parking brake, it is recommended that you also place some sort of object in front of and behind your other tires to wedge the vehicle in place.
Locate your spare tire and tools, keeping in mind that the exact location of the tire and tools will vary based on the make and model of the vehicle you’re driving. In most cases, the tire will be located below the trunk mat of your vehicle.
Next, you’ll want to remove the hubcap or the wheel cover in order to access the lug nuts. Once you have access to the lug nuts, loosen them with a few turns of the lug wrench. You’ll then want to position the jack under the vehicle, directly next to the flat tire. Most vehicles will have an area underneath the car that is specifically designed to work with the jack. Your vehicle owners manual should give you more information on your specific make and model.
Once the jack is installed, lift the vehicle with the jack and remove the lug nuts. You’ll not be able to remove the flat tire and slip on the spare while aligning the rim with the lug bolts. Once the lug bolts are visible, you can screw the lug nuts back on with your wrench and ease the car back to the ground.
Reattach your hubcap, and you’re ready to get back on the road.
It is recommended that you visit your local Chicago area dealership or Schaumburg tire shop sooner rather than later to buy and install a new tire as the spare is considered to be a temporary fix rather than a permanent solution.