How Do You Change a Flat Tire?

 

Flat tires happen, and it’s often not a matter of if, but when, you may find yourself with one. Flat tires occur for many reasons: rough roads, punctures, damaged valve stems, worn tires, and hot weather.

In the event, you do get a flat tire, the tire experts at Fields Mazda of Asheville want to provide you with the necessary steps to change that flat and stay safe.

  1. Get to a safe spot: If a flat tire occurs while you are driving, find a safe place as far from other traffic as possible. Pulling off to the side of the road is recommended, but if able, try to find a nearby parking lot for more wiggle room. Put your vehicle in park, and engage the emergency brake.
  2. Locate the necessary items: You’ll need to take out the spare tire, jack, and tire iron. These items may be in different places, depending on the type of car. Check your owner’s manual to see where they be.
  3. Loosen the wheel lugs: You do this with the tire iron. They’ll be on tight, so you need to put some muscle into it. Simply loosen them, don’t remove them just yet.
  4. Jack up the car: Move the jack under the jack point and start to raise it. Most car jacks are screw-type scissor jacks. To raise it, you turn the knob at the end of the jack with the metal crank provided. Raise the car until the flat tire is off the ground.
  5. Remove the flat tire: Take off the lugs and set them aside securely. Then remove the tire.
  6. Install the spare: Position the spare over the wheel studs. You must line up the holes correctly, then put the wheel lugs back on.
  7. Lower the car and tighten the wheel lugs completely.

Remember, your spare is just a temporary fix. Visit our Mazda service center to get a new tire put on, or to have your current on repaired. We’re always more than happy to help!

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