It’s happened to all of us – you’re cruising along and all of a sudden, you hear that familiar thump, and your car starts to pull to one side. You have a flat car tire… do you know how to handle it? There is a multitude of solutions that you can do. You can call a tow truck to get your vehicle towed to the nearest Orlando auto service center, you can whip out your can of Fix-a-Flat, or you can call for roadside assistance. However, when it comes down to it, are you able to change your own car tire? Our car care techs are here to help you out.
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.
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:
You might also want to consider keeping items like gloves, a flashlight (in case your flat happens at night), a tire gauge, a towel or mat to sit or kneel on, and the aforementioned Fix-A-Flat. If you have a huge puncture or blowout spot, it may not help, but it can come in handy in a pinch. Our techs don’t recommend relying on it long-term, though.
Once you’ve ticked off everything on this checklist, you’re ready to change a flat car tire and we’re ready to help. Here are the step-by-step instructions that you may want to print out and keep in your glove compartment.
6. Lower your car back down and remove the jack. 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 lug nuts. Make sure they’re as tight as you can get them, and use your bodyweight 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 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 auto service center and get a new tire on your car.
Luckily for you, the Toyota of Orlando Service Center has a TON of cheap car tires for sale! You’ll find price-matching and auto 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 (407) 298-0001.