How Do I Change a Flat Tire?

July 31st, 2018 by

Flat Tire

While you can always rely on the assistance of a local service center, tasks like being able to change a flat tire should be something you know how to do when you’re in a pinch.

What Do You Need to Change a Tire?

The last thing you need to experience on the Minneapolis roads is a flat tire, but if you do, there are certain tools you need to fix it properly.

  • Lug wrench
  • Spare tire
  • Jack
  • Owner’s manual

Steps for Changing a Tire

Once you are fully aware of how to change a tire, the process should be pretty quick and simple.

  • Move to a safe location.
  • Turn on your hazards.
  • Apply parking brake and wheel wedges.
  • Remove hubcap or wheel cover.
  • Loosen lugnuts.
  • Raise the vehicle with a jack.
  • Unscrew lugnuts.
  • Remove flat tire.
  • Mount spare tire.
  • Tighten lug nuts.
  • Lower vehicle.

How Far Can You Go on a Spare Tire?

Spare tires are just that—spares. This means they are not permanent, so you need to replace the tire with a real one as soon as possible. In most instances, a spare tire cannot be used for more than 70 miles and you shouldn’t exceed more than 50 mph with a spare either. If you’re driving through Monticello with a spare tire, be sure to have it changed quickly.

Schedule Your Service Appointment at Cornerstone Group

If you’re looking for vehicle service, be sure to schedule your appointment at Cornerstone Group. We can change that tire for you right away to get you back on the Anoka roads quickly. Find out how long an oil change takes, and learn about how to tell when you need new brakes. Remember that knowing how often to rotate your tires can help to reduce the risk of a flat!

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