A flat tire is one of the most common roadside emergencies. You might be a member of AAA or subscribe to OnStar, in which case you can rely on roadside assistance to get you out of a tight spot. Even with these services at your disposal, it’s still wise to know how to change a flat tire. After all, you never know when or where this emergency might strike.
Start by creating a roadside emergency kit. First, make sure your car is equipped with a simple jack, lug wrench and spare tire. Replace anything that’s missing and have the spare tire fixed if it has gone flat. Then finish stocking your emergency kit with these items:
If you’re heading out on a road trip, bring your car to Scott’s Fort Collins Auto & Repair first. We can make sure your fluid levels are good and conduct a tire checkup to set you up for success. If your tires are wearing out, this could be a good time to replace them and help prevent a blow-out in the middle of nowhere.
You can fix the flat and be on your way in just eight steps:
If your flat tire is caused by a nail or other sharp object, as opposed to a pressure-related blow-out, you may have the option of using Fix-a-Flat, an aerosol tire sealer that temporarily fixes the hole and re-inflates the tire with pressurized air containing special sealant. This solution is designed to merely get you to the nearest auto shop, but it’s a lot less painstaking than replacing a tire on the side of the road.
If you’re heading out on a road trip soon, first be sure to stop by Scott’s Fort Collins Auto & Repair for a tune up. We want to help you avoid an emergency so you never find yourself stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire! Please schedule an appointment online, call (970) 682-4202 or just stop by at your soonest convenience.