Tow Companies Reno NV
24-Hour Flat Tire Service
We are almost done with Julie Sussman, et al's instructions from her book Dare To Repair Your Car on what to do when you get a flat. I admire her wit and simplistic perspective on this topic. Of course, what could be easier than just calling us at Reno Towing Company and 24-Hour Roadside Assistance.
Replacing the Flat Tire
Now that the car is raised, remove all of the loosened lug nuts by hand. Place the nuts inside the wheel cover to prevent the nuts from rolling away. Grab hold of the flat tire and pull it off. Roll it to the back of the car and lay it down.
Note: Be careful to place the spare with the writing on the outside, facing you.
This is the most difficult part – lifting the spare. If it's too heavy, use a crowbar and wedge it under the spare, pushing the handle down to lift it up just high enough for you to place it on the studs. Align the holes on the spare with the protruding studs on the cars brake rotor or drum. Once the spare is on the car, put on the lug nuts, making sure that the tapered side of each nut is facing the car. Hand-tighten each nut as much as you can, being careful not to cross-thread them.
Slowly lower the jack until the spare is touching the ground. Remove the jack and place it on the ground nearby. Use the lug wrench and tighten the nuts in either a crisscross pattern (if you have four lug nuts), a star pattern (if you have five lug nuts), or a crisscross sequence (if there are six lug nuts).This ensures that the tire is centered correctly. Put the jack and wheel blocks inside the car. Replace the hub cap/wheel cover, if so equipped. Don't forget to remove the safety triangles and the flat tire and put them away, too. To save time, put the tire inside the car or in the trunk, instead of putting it in the spare's usual location.
Even though the wheel is on, you can't leave just yet! If your spare is stored underneath the car, don't target to raise the retaining cable. And if your car has air suspension, be sure to turn it back on before you turn on the car. Get the flat fixed or replaced as soon as possible.
Quick Fix for a Tire
Don't get deflated just because your tire's gone flat. Both you and your tire can be riding high in no time. We told you how to change a flat, but you may not be in a safe place to do it, or have all the tools you need. Therefore, we suggest two products that can get you back on the road – a portable air compressor or a tire inflator (e.g., Fix-A-Flat), both of which can be purchased at an auto parts store. The beauty of using either of these items is that you don't have to jack up the car and you won't have to remove the tire."