At Hoist Towing & Recovery, we recognize that facing unexpected challenges on the road, such as a flat tire, can be more than just an inconvenience. We understand the stress and frustration it brings, and our goal is to provide you with the guidance and support needed to get you back on the road safely. In this guide, tailored for our customers, we’ll walk you through the steps of dealing with a flat tire. And remember, if you ever find yourself without a spare or unable to change the flat tire, Hoist Towing & Recovery is just a call away at 928-660-0606, serving Chino, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey, Mayer, and beyond.
Stay Calm and Assess the Situation:
When faced with a flat tire, your safety is paramount. Remain calm, pull over to a safe location, and engage your hazard lights. Our top priority at Hoist Towing & Recovery is your well-being. Locate a level stretch of road with a wide shoulder. Straight stretches are preferable to curves, as oncoming traffic is more likely to spot you. Never attempt to change your tire on a narrow shoulder near oncoming traffic. Keep moving (slowly) until you find a safer spot. While driving on a flat risks ruining your rim, replacing a rim is better than being hit by a driver who may not see you.
Blocking Your Tires:
Before you start the tire-changing process, consider blocking your tires for added safety. If the flat tire is in the back, place an object in front of the front tire. Conversely, if the flat is in the front, use a block for the back tire. A rock or a piece of wood works well for this purpose. This extra precaution helps prevent unexpected movement and enhances the stability of your vehicle during the tire replacement process.
Locate Your Spare Tire and Necessary Tools:
Most vehicles come equipped with a spare tire and tools to change it. Familiarize yourself with the location of these items in your vehicle. If you’re unsure, refer to your vehicle’s manual. Hoist Towing & Recovery recommends keeping these tools in an easily accessible and organized manner.
Loosen Lug Nuts Before Jacking Up the Vehicle:
Before lifting the vehicle using the jack, it’s crucial to loosen the lug nuts but not remove them entirely. This initial loosening helps facilitate easier removal once the vehicle is lifted. Loosen the lug nuts while the vehicle is still on the ground to prevent the tire from spinning freely.
Lift the Vehicle Using the Jack:
Safety is key during this process. Engage the parking brake before using the jack. Locate the designated lifting point, usually outlined in your vehicle’s manual, and slowly raise the vehicle. Always exercise caution to prevent accidents.
Remove the Flat Tire:
Once you’ve loosened the lug nuts, proceed to lift the vehicle using the jack. With the vehicle elevated, fully remove the lug nuts and take off the flat tire. Inspect the tire for any visible damage.
Install the Spare Tire:
Place the spare tire onto the lug bolts and hand-tighten the lug nuts. Use the lug wrench to ensure even pressure by tightening the nuts in a star pattern.
Lower the Vehicle and Tighten Lug Nuts:
Carefully lower the vehicle using the jack. Once the vehicle is on the ground, use the lug wrench to fully tighten the lug nuts. Double-check each lug nut for security.
Check Tire Pressure:
After changing the tire, it’s crucial to check the spare tire’s pressure. Most spare tires are designed for temporary use, so ensure it is inflated to the recommended pressure.
Additional Tips for Roadside Preparedness:
Consider keeping an emergency roadside kit in your vehicle, including items such as a flashlight, reflective triangles, and a portable air compressor. These can be valuable additions to your toolkit and enhance your overall roadside preparedness. Before traveling through Arizona its always a good idea to visit az511.com to get updates on accidents, road closures, roadwork, weather and so much more.
In conclusion, at Hoist Towing & Recovery, we understand that unexpected challenges on the road can be stressful and overwhelming. Dealing with a flat tire is just another bump on the road, and our priority is to help you navigate it with ease. Remember to stay calm, assess the situation, and follow the steps outlined above. And if you ever need a helping hand, Hoist Towing & Recovery is here for you – just a phone call away at 928-660-0606, serving Chino, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey, Mayer, and beyond. Safe travels!