Changing a car tire is easier than you might think, so don't get intimidated! Our Orlando Toyota Service techs sat down with us to go over the steps, so you have all the information you need should you face a flat tire. Let's get started!
Get all the supplies to change a tire at Toyota of Orlando's Parts Center!First of all, make sure you have all the tools you need in your vehicle - you can easily store them in the trunk, and our Toyota Service Center can help you find the right ones. You should always carry:
- A spare tire
- A jack
- A lug wrench
Once you've ticked off everything on this checklist, you're ready to change a flat tire? and our Toyota Service Center in Orlando is ready to help! Here are the step-by-step instructions that you may want to print out and keep in your glovebox!
1. Pull over. When you realize you have a flat pull off of the road, and look for a flat, smooth spot that's as far from the road as possible where you can safely change your tire. Our Orlando Toyota Service Center advises you to avoid sand and uneven surfaces, which can be very dangerous and cause your jack to move while you change the tire. Turn on your hazard lights before you get started to alert other drivers of your presence!
2. Remove the hubcap to give you access to the tire, and then loosen the lugnuts. It may seem tough, but you can use your body weight to push down on the wrench to get the lugnuts loosened up. Don't remove them just yet!
3. Jack your car up! Put the jack under the spot that's recommended by your owner's manual so you don't do damage to the body or frame of the car; our Toyota Service Center in Orlando can help you figure out the best location. Make sure the jack is secure and snug under the car, and jack your vehicle up about 6 inches.
5. Push the spare tire onto the car! If you don't have a spare, our Orlando Toyota Service Center can find you a perfect fit at a great price. Remember, push straight, not at an angle. Then fasten your lugnuts on (you don't have to tighten them all the way right now, just make sure the spare is secure).
Let our Orlando Toyota Service Center help you change a tire!
Lower your car back down and remove the jack - be careful. Be sure that your vehicle is low enough to where you won't damage it by removing the jack. Now's the time to tighten up those lugnuts - make sure they're as tight as you can get them, according to our Orlando Toyota Service Center, and use your body weight again if need be. Go in a circle and tighten each of them the same amount, and continue to go around until they're all safely secured.
However, our Orlando Toyota Service Center techs want you to remember that a spare tire is not the same as a regular tire - they don't advise driving on the highway with one (or at speeds over 55 mph), and you shouldn't drive long distances. Most spare tires aren't designed to go over 70 miles, and they offer poor handling and control, so be sure to get into an Orlando auto service center and get a new tire on your car!
Luckily for you, the Toyota of Orlando Toyota Service Center has a TON of cheap car tires for sale! You'll find price-matching and Orlando Toyota Service Coupons up for grabs, so give us a call today if you're in need of a new tire or set of tires - we're open seven days a week at (866) 945-0493!