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24-Hour Flat Tire Change | Flat Tire Service
In her book, Dare to Repair, Julie Sussman, et al gives us a lot of information on how to safely change your tires if that is something you want to do yourself. Take a look at an excerpt from her book below. But the prerequisite is you have to have a working spare tire with you. Well, what if you do not? Call a Reno towing company like us to save the day! We might not carry a spare for your kind of vehicle but we can definitely help you out in the best way and most efficient way possible.
Making Yourself and Your Car Visible
Now you need to let motorists know that you're having car trouble – not so much because you want help, but (more important) because you want them to see you and drive carefully past you. Put on the old shirt and the reflective gear (if it's dark outside). Remove the safety triangles from the trunk and place them at least 200 feet from the car in the direction of traffic. Pop open the hood of the car and turn on the emergency flashers – two more signals that you're giving to motorists that you're having car problems. Take out the car jack, wheel block(s), lug wrench, lubricating spray, towel, and work gloves and place them on the ground near the flat tire.
The spare tire is typically hidden out of sight, and therefore it’s out of mind, too. But don't forget about this very important tire, because it can spare you a lot or grief.
Types of Spares
A spare tire is typically smaller than a regular tire because it needs to fit into a storage compartment. Your spare may be one of three kinds: (1) a temporary spare (a.k.a. doughnut), which is small and compact; (2) a folding spare that needs to be inflated; or (3) a full-size spare that is the same size as the other tires on the vehicle. If your car does not have a spare or u want to upgrade the doughnut to a full-size spare, you can purchase one at any tire shop. Just make sure that it meets the correct specs for your vehicle and that you can safely store the spare in your vehicle.
Locating the Spare
Depending on the type of car you own, the spare can be found in the trunk, on the outside of the rear door (e.g., on some Jeeps), or underneath the car (on some minivans and SUVs). This is when the car owner's manual comes in very handy.
Removing the Spare
If the spare tire is located in the trunk, it may be concealed. Simply remove the cover, unbolt the spare, and take it out. If the spare tire is located on the exterior of the rear of the car, it typically has a tire cover over it. Remove the cover, unbolt the spare, and take it out. If the spare tire is located underneath the car, you'll need to refer to the car owner's manual to locate the tools needed to release the stored tire. Some cars have a lock for the hoist system to prevent theft (the ignition key is normally used to unlock it). Make certain that the spare is properly inflated because you don't want to replace a flat tire with another flat (hopefully you've been checking it every month). Place the spare tire near where you'll be working for quick access. You don't want the car to be on a jack any longer than necessary. "