Getting a flat tire while driving can be a frightening experience, whether you’re on the highway or a residential street. While cell phones and roadside assistance can help, there may come a time when you have to change a tire yourself. Luckily, the automotive experts at Orlando MINI are here to walk you through the process if you’re unfamiliar.
What You’ll Need
- Lug wrench
- Fully inflated spare tire
Find a Safe Area
Do not abruptly stop if you get a flat tire. Slowly and steadily pull over on the shoulder if it’s wide enough. Ideally, if you are able, you should slowly drive your vehicle to a parking lot or residential street. Once parked safely away from other vehicles, turn your flashers on and apply your emergency brake.
Change the Tire
Turn the lug nuts toward your left until you loosen their resistance utilizing the lug nut wrench. After they’re loose, place the jack underneath your car along the side of the flat, then raise it up until the tire is completely off the ground. Then, completely remove the lug nuts and the flat tire.
Next, you want to line up the spare tire with the wheel studs. Push lightly until the bolts go through the rim, reattach the lug nuts and tighten them. After lowering the car to the ground with the jack, use your wrench to ensure your lug nuts are completely tight and in place.
Proceed to our Florida MINI dealership to get your flat tire repaired or replaced entirely.