How to Change a Flat Tire: The Right Tools and the Right Method

April 21st, 2018 by

How to change a flat tire – it’s knowledge all drivers should have, and yet it’s a skill frequently ignored. That’s perfectly fine. Let Power Mazda inform you more about:

  • The Right Gear
  • The Right Method

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The Right Gear

First, you’ll need these items in your car:

  • Jack
  • Lug Wrench
  • Fully Inflated Spare Tire
  • Owner’s Manual

Misplaced them? Never issued them in the first place? Pick up new ones, making sure the spare is regularly inflated to your manufacturer’s recommended PSI. You’ll also want the following on-hand:

  • Flashlight
  • Rain Poncho
  • 2″x6” Wood to Secure the Jack
  • Gloves
  • Wheel Wedges
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The Right Method

Okay, now onto the good stuff:

  1. Bring your vehicle to a safe location. Slow down and pick out a level, straight stretch of road with a wide shoulder.
  2. Turn on your hazard lights before getting out.
  3. Apply the parking brake, even on level ground, to prevent rolling.
  4. Apply the wheel wedges. They go in front of the front tires when you’re changing a rear tire or behind the rear tires when you’re changing at the front.
  5. Place the jack beneath the frame. Look for a section of exposed metal, and follow the instructions in your owner’s manual.
  6. Place a small cut of 2×6” wood beneath the jack to prevent it settling, then start to lift. Remember never to place any part of your body under the vehicle.
  7. Unscrew the lug nuts – once loose, it’s easy to unscrew them by hand.
  8. Remove the flat by gripping the treads and pulling gently towards you. Set it on its side to prevent rolling.
  9. Mount the spare on the lug nuts, then tighten them by hand until they are all on.
  10. Lower the vehicle slightly and tighten the lug nuts with a wrench.
  11. Bring the vehicle to the ground.
  12. Replace the hubcap. It may not fit – if so, stow it with your flat.
  13. Check the pressure of the spare to make sure it’s safe to drive on.
  14. Drive to a service center. Remember, spares are meant to be temporary and shouldn’t be driven at high speeds.

Need Any Further Advice? Simply Contact Power Mazda

Whether talking to our finance department or visiting our service department, we’re always here to help. Be sure to learn more about how to make tires last longer, and don’t hesitate to contact us today if you have more care related questions. We’d be glad to teach you how your brake system works, how long brakes should last, or how to check engine oil.

From gap insurance, to maintenance, to teaching you where Mazda is from, we want our customers to be as educated as possible. Also be sure to read up on low gear FAQs and why your car is shaking when you want to learn more with our team.

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