What to Do When You’ve Gone Flat

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A flat tire can easily ruin your day. However, a flat tire is even more frustrating when you’re not sure what do when one occurs. These 10 steps to fixing your flat tire will help you feel confident if you’re ever confronted with the hassle of a flat tire on a road trip or even your daily commute.

1. Locate a safe place to stop.

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Don’t panic when you come to the realization that you have a flat tire. Simply locate the nearest exit (if you’re on the freeway) or a safe, uncrowded place to pull off of the road. Choose a location with flat ground to make jacking your car off the ground easier.

2. Turn on your hazards.

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Your hazard lights will let everyone know that something is wrong with your vehicle and that they should pass you slowly. Once your hazards are on, locate your spare tire, jack and a wrench.

3. Loosen your tire’s lug nuts.

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You won’t need to remove your lug nuts at this point, so simply loosen them by turning your wrench counter-clockwise. You may need to put the wrench in place and stand on the wrench arm to loosen extremely tight lug nuts.

4. Start jacking your vehicle off the ground.

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Be sure your jack is securely in place, then jack your vehicle up roughly six inches. If you can’t locate your jack, your vehicle owner’s manual will tell you exactly where to find it.

5. Take the tire off.

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Now is the time to fully remove the lug nuts and take the tire off the car. Be careful not to let any of the lug nuts get lost. Pull the tire directly towards you and off of the vehicle.

6. Place your spare tire where the flat tire was.

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Carefully align the holes in the spare with the lug nut posts to ensure the tire is in the correct place. Push as hard as you can to make sure the tire is as far as it can go onto the wheel base.

7. Screw the lug nuts back on.

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You don’t need to fully screw them down yet, so just make sure they’re properly holding the wheel on the vehicle.

8. Lower your vehicle back to the ground.

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Use the jack to lower the car slowly to ground level. Remove the jack and set it out of the way.

9. Tighten the lug nuts.

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Now that the vehicle is on the ground, you can tighten the lug nuts one by one. Tighten one lug nut about 50-percent of the way, then tighten the opposite lug nut the same amount. Tighten the opposite lug nuts in this manner until they’re as tight as possible.

10. Carefully place the tools back in your trunk, making sure not to forget any items on the side of the road.

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Place the tire in your vehicle, so you can dispose of it properly.

When you’re in need of new tires or any other vehicle maintenance, there’s no better place to go than Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas.

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