When you’re driving down the road and you smell the ominous odor of burning rubber or hear a flapping sound that seems to be coming from under the car, it may mean you have a flat tire. While some may fret at the thought of changing their own tire, it can be pretty simple to get your spare tire attached so you can make your way over to Lester Glenn Chevrolet to get a tire replacement or repair.
Get to a Safe Spot
Safety is key in this situation. Pull off to a wide shoulder or drive slowly until you find a parking lot. When you’re out of traffic, put the car in park and engage the parking brake. You can find all of the tools you need in the trunk, including the jack, lug wrench, and spare tire.
Loosen the Lug Nuts
You don’t want to remove the lug nuts or the tire quite yet, but you do want to get the lug nuts loose before you raise the car. This is because the weight of the vehicle gives you enough leverage to get them loose, which you will use the lug wrench for.
Raise the Car
Position the jack under the car frame next to the flat tire and begin to raise the car off the ground until you have about six inches to spare.
Replace the Tire
Once the car is raised, you can fully unscrew the lug nuts and remove the wheel. Lining up the spare tire to the wheel studs is often the trickiest part for many people, so be ready to spend a decent amount of time on this part. When the wheel is in place, screw the lug nuts on by hand, lower the car, and place your tools and the wheel in the trunk. Don’t forget to fully tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench before heading over to our Chevy service center near Stafford, NJ for a replacement tire.