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How to Change a Tire
Getting a flat can be a pain; however, changing your flat tire doesn’t have to be a difficult process. If you find yourself stuck on the side of the road with a flat, don’t worry—Dan Pfeiffer Plainfield Used Cars is here to help. Just follow these steps on how to change a tire:
Pull over. The most important thing to do is find a safe place to pull over. If you are on the highway, consider taking the next exit before you change the tire. If you don’t have time, pull over to the shoulder. Make sure that other cars can see you, and if you have them, set up flares or triangles. Turn on your hazards as well.
Loosen the lug nuts using your tire iron. If the lug nuts are especially tight, try placing the tire iron on the nut, then standing on it to loosen it with your full weight. If available, you might try hitting the wrench with a rock.
Using the jack, lift the vehicle off the ground. Consulting your owner’s manual, you should note that there are specific locations on your vehicle to place the jack. Usually, it’s a sturdy area on the frame. When properly secured, lift the car up until the tire is six inches off the ground.
Remove the lug nuts and take the tire off. Make sure to keep the lug nuts together so you don’t lose any. After this, you can put the spare on. Make sure the valve stem (where the air goes in) is facing the outside. Screw on the lug nuts by hand.
After lowering the car, you can tighten the nuts with the wrench. Instead of moving in a circle, move to opposite nuts (across the circle). This works to secure the tire better. Continue tightening until you are no longer able to tighten any more.
These are the basic tips for changing a tire. Remember to always keep your spare tires filled and to keep all the necessary tools in your trunk.
How to Check Your Tire Pressure
Tire problems are dangerous when you’re out on the road, especially when your tires are losing air in a slow, subtle deflation. That is why it is important to constantly check your tire pressure. The process of checking the pressure of your tires, and adding air to them if necessary, is a simple process that will prevent some complicated issues from ever arising. Here are the steps to check tire pressure and inflate your tires.
Step #1: Pull off to the side of the road. After all, you can’t check tire pressure if your tires are on the move!
Step #2: Look up the recommended tire pressure level for your vehicle. It should be listed in your vehicle manual. If not, you should be able to find it online.
Step #3: Take out a tire gauge. Carefully use the device to check the pressure for each and every one of your tires, pressing the gauge against the tire valve.
Step #4: If the pressure in any of the tires is lower than the recommended psi reading, find a location that has an air hose device, such as a gas station.
Step #5: Carefully remove the caps from the tire’s valves. Begin to fill the tires with air from the hose, one tire at a time.
Step #6: When you believe that each tire has the right amount of air, check the tire pressure again with the tire gauge.
Step #7: If the tire pressure is within the recommended range, quickly place the caps back onto the tire valves to ensure no air leaks out.
By routinely following these simple steps, you can make sure that none of your tires run the risk of running out of air!