You really don’t need a mechanic in changing a flat tire, but if you are not too careful in doing it, you might treat it as a complicated job. Just imagine yourself cruising on the interstate, your windows open and you can feel the wind on your face when all of a sudden you run over something. In seconds, you hear the dreadful sound of air hissing out from one of your wheels. When you recognize the sound as ominous of an impending flat repair, you may not be able to contain yourself from spitting out an invective or two.
That is the attitude that makes changing the tire difficult and time-consuming. Why? It is because you waste energy in being too emotional over something that can be done so easily. Treat it as if you are just trying to pick up bath soap that slipped from your hand. Be cool and do the following steps.
- Auto tires, no matter how out of air, can still be used in parking your car safely by the roadside. Find a surface that is flat and hard. Of course, if one side of your car has to protrude into the road, put early warning devices on its rear and front.
- Pull the handbrakes or e-brakes. Put on a pair of chocks for every wheel. This is to make sure that your car is stable even when you use the jack to raise it by several inches.
- Get your hydraulic or pneumatic jack and place it at the bottom of your car. The best place to put it is on the car’s frame, because this is hard enough to support that side which is being lifted.
- Do not raise the car too high with your jack. Do it just enough for you remove the wheel easily. Then get the lug wrench, which your car should always have in the toolbox just in case you have flat tires.
- Start loosening the nuts with your lug wrench. If the nuts are hard to loosen, use a pipe with a length of 4 feet at most and insert the lug wrench handle on one end. This should provide enough leverage to make the loosening easier.
- Remove the busted tire and replace it with your spare tire. Put back the nuts and start tightening them with your lug wrench. After this, you can now slowly release the jack and lower your car back in place.
- Do not forget to return the chalks, the wrench, and the jack back to the toolbox. Otherwise, you will have problems the next time you will repair a tire that is busted.
The process might be different if you are using a motorcycle with a cyclocrosstire. However, if it were a car’s flat tire then the steps above would apply. From now on, changing a worn out tire is no longer a hard job for you.