You’re on your way home after a long day when you hear an odd noise coming from your car.
Once you get to a safe spot, you pull over, get out of the car and find … a flat tire.
So, what do you do?
Drivers who are on the interstate and can’t get far enough off the road, should call a tow truck. It isn’t worth changing the tire between your car and the highway. Another option is to change the tire yourself.
Steps for changing a flat tire
Drivers should avoid using fix-a-flat, because it can compromise the tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensors located in the wheel. If fix-a-flat is used, let the repair shop know, because it’s hazardous and can be harmful to the automotive technician.
If you’re in a safe location and decide changing your tire is the best option, start by setting up safety equipment, such as safety triangles. Make sure the wheels and parking brake are secure and that your spare tire jack is working.
After you get the car jacked up, you need to take the lug nuts off. Once the flat tire is removed, you should put the spare on and tighten the lug nuts.
How to avoid getting stranded
Doing some routine checks can help prevent you from getting stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire.
Each week, check your jack and make sure your spare tire is inflated.
Don’t ignore your TPMS light if it goes on. Tire pressure on vehicles that don’t have a TPMS system should be checked regularly.
You can’t always tell by the naked eye. Some tires may look softer if you turn your wheel a certain way.
Keep in mind that not all flat tires are repairable, especially those with punctures on the inner or outer shoulder or sidewall.
Some injuries in the center third of the tire can be fixed, depending on the angle and diameter. But if a hatchet runs through your tire, we’re not going to be able to repair it.
Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Goodyear tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including BMW and Mercedes. Services include oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.