If there hasn't been already, then there will be a point in your life where you'll need to change a flat tire. The question is, will you be prepared? If you find yourself with a flat tire, will you have to wait for the tow truck to come and help you with this most basic of car maintenance procedures? Not if you read Mississauga Kia's basic guide on how to change tires!
Putting on a spare tire is just a temporary fix. Once you have changed your tires, especially if you are not experienced in doing so, you should take your vehicle in to a licensed mechanic as soon as possible. When using a spare it is important to keep in mind that a spare tire is smaller than a regular tire and is for emergency use only. A spare should be used as no more than a temporary tire to get you to the nearest service center. That being said you should not drive at a speed over 80km/h with a spare tire on.
Have the Right Tools
It's a good idea to keep tools in an emergency kit in your vehicle in case you ever need to change a flat tire on the road. Your emergency tire toolkit should include the following:
- Tire jack
- Lug wrench
- Flat head screwdriver
- LED flashlight
- Rain jacket
- Emergency reflectors or flares
Changing a Flat Tire
Here are some simple steps that will make changing your tire a lot quicker and easier:
1. Read your owner's manual
Your owner's manual should have basic information on how to change your tire, including the safe jack points for your particular model. In order to avoid damage to your vehicle, be sure to take a close look at this information before you get started.
2. Find the right spot
If you've just had a tire blowout, you'll probably be stressed out and it won't be easy to pick the perfect place to change your tire. If possible, find an exit off the highway and try to pull as far away from traffic as possible. If you can't find an exit, pull over as far as possible to the shoulder without putting yourself in danger. Put out emergency reflectors or warning triangles to make yourself more visible before getting started. Try to find a flat piece of ground, and firmly set your parking brake before starting.
3. Get your stuff
Gather your tools including the spare tire and your tool kit. Before jacking up your car, take the lug nut wrench and loosen all of the nuts around the wheel. Turn the wrench counter-clockwise to do this.
4.Jack up the car
Take your tire jack and place it in one of the jacking locations listed in your owner's manual. Once you have the jack in place, raise the car until the flat tire is about six inches above the ground.
5. Remove the wheel
Remove the lug nuts the rest of the way by hand, and place them somewhere where you won't lose them. Remove the tire. Be careful-tires can be heavy!
6. Put on the new wheel
Once you have removed the old tire you will need to put the spare tire in its place. Slide the spare tire onto the hub and put the lug nuts back on, first by hand and then tighten them with the lug wrench. Tighten the lug nuts in a diagonal fashion: tighten one on one side, and then one at a diagonal on the other side of the rim. This will ensure that they are evenly tight. Lower the vehicle back to the ground, remove the jack and you're all set to get back on the road.
Mississauga Kia has competitively priced new tires, and we offer tire installation services as well as tire repairs at our dealership. Book your next service appointment online, or contact our service department. We're just a short drive from Brampton, Oakville, Brampton, Milton, and anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).