Tips on How to Change a Flat Tire

Changing a flat tire Flat tires are no fun, but getting one shouldn’t ruin your day. It is actually pretty easy to change a flat. Here at Suburban Ford of Waterford, we’d like to give you some tips on how to change your tire:

  1. Once you’ve pulled over, lock your emergency brake, hit the hazard lights, and tightly wedge something (like a rock or a book) beneath the wheels on the other side of the car.
  2. Locate your spare tire. Usually you’ll be able to find yours in the trunk, underneath a false panel.
  3. Locate your jack and tire iron. Most vehicles come with a generic set of these, located either with the spare tire or in a side compartment.
  4. Remove the flat tire’s hubcap (if you have one) and loosen the lug nuts with the tire iron. Loosening these now will save you some trouble later!
  5. Locate a hard contact point on the car’s frame where you can safely place the jack. Your vehicle’s manual will likely have an illustration of several contact points, and sometimes they’re even labeled on the vehicle itself.
  6. Jack the vehicle up so that the tire is between 1 and 2 inches off the ground.
  7. Finish removing the lug nuts and set aside the flat tire.
  8. Affix the spare tire and, using just your fingers, screw the lug nuts back on enough that the tire won’t fall off.
  9. Lower the vehicle back down so that the tire is touching the ground, but the jack is still bearing some of the vehicle’s weight.
  10. Using the tire iron, finish tightening the lug nuts.
  11. Now lower the vehicle back down all the way and put away your gear. You’re finished!

Some additional useful items to have in the vehicle include a strong flashlight, gloves, and a breakdown kit that includes a reflective warning sign and/or flares. Depending on the quality of the jack and tire iron that came with your vehicle, you may want to invest in ones you know will work for you. (Especially if you purchased your vehicle used and the breakdown kit is missing or the wrong kind!)

Once you’ve changed that flat tire, Suburban Ford of Waterford is here to help. Bring your vehicle in to our service department and we’ll be happy to patch up or replace your flat. We’re located at 5900 Highland Road in Waterford; you can schedule an appointment with us by filling out ourĀ online service scheduling form, or you can call our service department at (888) 478-8823.