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  • How to Change a Flat Tire. Many people belong to a roadside-assistance service, but if you're

  • stuck in a remote area, you'll want to know what to do. You will need A spare tire A lug

  • wrench A jack Bricks or large rocks Roadside flares Reflective triangle A tire-pressure

  • gauge A canned tire sealant and a locking lug nut key. Heavy tires, elevated and unstable

  • vehicles, and nearby traffic can make changing your own tire extremely dangerous. Be careful,

  • and always check your owner's manual firstdirections may be different depending on the year, make,

  • and model of your vehicle. Step 1. Make sure the car is parked on a flat, level surface

  • far from any oncoming traffic, and engage the emergency brake. Turn on your hazard lights,

  • and if you have roadside flares or a reflective triangle, use them to warn other drivers that

  • you're working on your vehicle. Consider keeping a canned tire sealant in your emergency kit.

  • If your tire has only been slightly compromised, the sealant may patch it long enough to get

  • you to the service station. Step 2. Find heavy objectslike bricks or rocksto block

  • the wheels. Place them in front of and behind the tire that's diagonally across from the

  • one that went flat. If you have plenty of rocks, block both wheels on the opposite axle.

  • If you have a digital camera (or a cell phone with a built-in camera) snap a picture before

  • you start disassembling everything. That way, you'll have a ready reference guide of how

  • things should look when they go back together. Step 3. Lay out your spare tire, jack, and

  • lug wrench. Many tires feature a locking lug nut to guard against theft. To remove, use

  • the special key toolthe car's manual will specify where it's located. Step 4. Most lug

  • nuts follow the righty-tighty/lefty-loosey rule. Attach the lug wrench to a nut, and

  • turn the wrench counterclockwise. Repeat with each lug nut until all the nuts are loosened.

  • Step 5. Refer to the owner's manual for the best spot to place the jacktypically along

  • the frame, very close to the flat tire. Jack the car up until the wheel is off the ground.

  • Never get under the car when it's on a jack. Since it's fairly unstable in this position,

  • keep other people away until the car is safely on the ground. Step 6. Remove the lug nuts

  • one at a time, and keep them together in a spot where they won't roll away or disappear.

  • Then remove the flat. Step 7. Mount the spare tire onto the wheel lugs. You may need to

  • jack the car up some more to slip on the spare tire. Check the tire pressure on your spare

  • regularly. That way, it won't be flat when you need it. Step 8. Replace one lug nut at

  • a time. Begin tightening each by hand, then continue with the lug wrench. Lower your car

  • to the ground, and finish tightening the lugs in opposite pairs, to ensure uniform pressure.

  • Once you're done, replace the hubcap. Step 9. Remove the objects blocking the wheels,

  • and place the tools and the flat tire in your trunk. Step 10. Your wheel is ready, but you

  • won't be able to drive as quickly on a spare. Check your owner's manual or the tire itself

  • to determine the spare's top speed, and get yourself to the nearest garage so they can

  • patch or replace your tire! Did you know In Texas Hold 'em, a "flat tire" means you were

  • initially dealt a jack and a fourin any suit.

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    Rea posted on 2016/05/05
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