How to Fix a Flat Tire in Under 15 Minutes

Flat tires can seemingly happen out of nowhere. For many people, the tires on their vehicles are fine, then all of a sudden the vehicle’s flat tire warning light is illuminated on the dashboard. If you are ever driving and experience a flat tire, do not panic. Changing a flat tire is simple and you will be back on the road in no time.

 

Changing the Flat Tire

After you have parked your vehicle in a safe location, you will need to locate several tools that will allow you to remove and replace the flat tire that is on your vehicle. You will need a jack, a lug wrench, and a spare tire. Many vehicles come with these items already in their trunk areas. However, your vehicle may have a fluid instead if the vehicle is equipped with run-flat tires.

 

Once you have located the tools that you need to change the flat tire that is on your vehicle, you will need to gain access to the lug nuts that are on the wheel with the flat tire. If your vehicle uses an alloy wheel design, then its lug nuts may already be exposed. However, if your vehicle has hubcaps, you will need to remove the hubcap from the damaged wheel to access its lug nuts.

 

Once you have found the lug nuts of the wheel with the flat tire, you will then need to break the lug nuts loose using a lug wrench. To break the lug nuts of the wheel loose, you will take the lug wrench and rotate it in a counter-clockwise direction. Depending on how old your vehicle is or how much force was used to tighten its lug nuts, you may need to use a lubricant to loosen the wheel’s lug nuts. If a lubricant is not available to you when you are changing the flat tire of your vehicle, then you can use brute force to break the vehicle’s lug nuts loose; this will most likely include placing your foot on the end of your lug wrench and stomping down so that the lugs break loose. After breaking the lug nuts loose and turning them slightly, stop loosening the nuts. You do not need to completely remove the lug nuts from your vehicle’s wheels yet.


Once the lug nuts of the wheel that has a flat tire are broken loose, take your jack and place it underneath the jacking point of your vehicle. Different vehicles have different jacking points, so you may need to use your vehicle’s owner’s manual to locate the jacking point that is the closest to the flat tire. You can then start using the jack to raise your vehicle.

 

Once your vehicle is in the air and is suspended securely, you can then completely remove all of the lug nuts that are on the wheel with the flat tire. Keep all of the wheel’s lug nuts secure in an accessible location because you will need to use them again. After removing the wheel’s lug nuts, remove the wheel as well.


Once you have the spare wheel ready for your vehicle, place it evenly onto the wheel hub of the vehicle. You will then secure the spare wheel in place with the vehicle’s lug nuts, pre-tightening each nut in a clockwise direction with your hand. After pre-tightening all of the wheel’s lug nuts with your hand, take the lug wrench and tighten every nut as much as possible. Then, lower the vehicle with the jack and tighten the wheel’s lug nuts some more. You will now be ready to safely get on the road again.

Staying Prepared

Flat tires can be a hassle, especially when you experience one while you are already running late. Avoiding flat tires is the best way for any driver to go. There are several ways that you can avoid having flat tires on your vehicle or be well-prepared if you do have a flat tire.


Routinely check the air pressure in your vehicle’s tires. In order to work as they are designed, tires need to be inflated to the right pressures. You can find the air pressures that are recommended for your vehicle inside of the vehicle’s door jam.


Avoid driving in construction zones when possible, as sharp objects are commonly found in construction zones. If you routinely drive through construction zones or rough roads, then you may need to find an alternate route if you want to reduce the possibility of your vehicle’s tires going flat. Potholes and sharp objects can cause major damage to the tires of vehicles. 


To avoid the risk of having a flat tire on your vehicle, one of the best things that you can do is keep your vehicle’s tires well-maintained. This includes having the vehicle’s tires routinely rotated and replacing its tires when they need to be changed. If you notice that your vehicle’s tires are cracked, for example, then it is time to have the tires replaced with a fresh set.

 

Having a flat tire is not a fun experience, but understanding what to do if your vehicle gets a flat tire can make things much easier for you. If you are changing a flat tire on your vehicle for the first time, then take your time and be careful. Changing a wheel on a vehicle is simple, but it can take some time to learn how. If you would like assistance with your vehicle or would like our help with changing a flat tire on your vehicle, visit us at Puklich Valley City. We can also provide information to you that will help you with your vehicle.