How to Take Care of a Flat Tire

May 2nd, 2019 by

No one needs a flat tire, nor does anyone want one. This common menace is something that happens on the potholes and cracks of the Los Angeles area more than the department of transportation would like to admit. When it inevitably happens to one of us, our customers should know what to do to make it as minimal of a headache as possible.  So today, Shaver Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM & FIAT is here to share the basics.

Changing a flat tire is not that difficult, but for those to which cars feel like a foreign language, it can be a bit daunting. Thankfully, most vehicles have a spare tire kit somewhere on board, consisting of a spare tire, hand-operated scissor jack, and a tire iron.

When you get a flat, there’s a chance you could be driving. In that event, you have to ensure you slow down safely and try to get out of the way of traffic as soon as possible.

From there, take your tire iron and loosen the lug nuts on the tire so the wheel can be taken off the wheel studs. Then take the scissor jack and start to crank it under the frame of the vehicle. Remove the old tire, and mount the spare. The lug nuts can now be put back on and should be hand-tightened to ensure a snug fit. Now, you can let the jack drop, and use the tire iron to give your lug nuts a final tightening, making it safe to drive on.

From there, your first stop should be to our Thousand Oaks, CA car service center. Our trained experts can provide you with a new tire and a full-size spare if needed. They can also scan your car to make sure the impact of the flat didn’t damage anything else. Contact us today to learn more!

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