Changing a Flat Tire

At some point, everyone experiences that moment when they have a flat tire on their vehicle. Whether it occurs while they are driving, or parked, the steps for replacing the flat remain the same.

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Once you realize you have a flat tire, the first step is to ensure you remove your vehicle from the road, where traffic will interfere with your safety. The best option is to maneuver your car to the shoulder of the road.

Furthermore, make sure that the flat tire is facing away from the road so that your back is not to traffic. If you have reflective traffic cones or triangles, it is a good idea to place them down.

When you have to pull over to fix a flat, always turn on your hazards. This is especially important when weather conditions are rainy or foggy, or at night. Do everything possible to make yourself visible to oncoming traffic.

Next, apply the parking brake on your vehicle. Even a slight incline can cause your vehicle to start rolling while lifted on a jack. Additionally, if you have wheel wedges, these can be placed in front of, or behind your tires.

Removing and Replacing the Flat Tire

If you have a tire hubcap that is covering the lug nuts of your tire, remove this. Then you will be able to loosen the lug nuts. Do not remove them fully, just loosen them using a lug nut wrench.

Following manufacturer instructions, use a jack to lift your car from the ground. After this is done you can unscrew the lug nuts completely and remove the flat tire.

Placing a spare tire on your vehicle can be tricky because first, you must remove it from its mounting position on your vehicle. Whether this is on the undercarriage or the back of the vehicle, consult your owner’s manual for specific instructions about removing the spare.

The next step is to secure the spare by lining it up with the lug bolts. Tighten the lug nuts with your hand before lowering the vehicle. After you have lowered the vehicle, you can then tighten the lug nuts completely, using a lug wrench. Don’t forget to replace the hubcap!

Call Cincinnati Ford!

Once you have replaced your flat tire, the next step is to take it to your local Ford dealership. If the puncture or leak is small enough, it can likely be patched by one of our certified mechanics. Should the damage be more serious, we can help you make an informed decision about purchasing a tire that will replace the one that has been damaged. Give us a call today at (859) 341-6603.