Broken beer bottles, chicken bones, Lego and high speed chases – all are a tire’s worst nightmare and one of the many ways you can cop a flat.
Now, it seems only reasonable that if a car requires four tires to function, and if getting a flat isn’t all that uncommon, then, one should know how to change said flat tire.
Well, we recently got a romper and figured there’s no time like the present, so here is how to change your tire in a romper. Similar instructions apply sans romper.
Step 1: Safety First
When you blow a tire, don’t slam the break. Ease off the gas, reduce speed and veer to a safe side of the road or a nearby open space. Activate the hazard lights and pull up on the parking brake.
Step 2: Please Exit the Vehicle
Wedge the wheel opposite the flat; i.e. if your back left tire is flat, wedge the front left tire with a rock, brick or actual wedge to prevent rolling. Remove the hubcap. Use your wrench to loosen the tire’s lug nuts (you know, those big bolts holding the tire in place) juuuust until they break resistance. NOT FULLY.
Step 3: Pop the Trunk
Grab your car jack, place it along the frame of the car near the flat and raise your vehicle six inches above the ground. Remove the lug nuts that you previously loosened and pull the tire towards you, removing it from the hub behind it. Lay the tire flat on the ground.
Step 4: Lift With Your Legs
Lift the spare tire and line-up the rim with the lug bolts. Push gently until the lug bolts show through the rim, then it’s time to put the lug nuts back on – tighten them as much as possible by hand.
Step 5: Down ‘N Out
Lower the jack so the spare touches the ground but doesn’t have full pressure on it. Tighten the lug bolts the rest of the way with the wrench. Now, lower your vehicle completely to the ground, remove the jack and give the lug nuts one more final tighten.
Step 6: Clean Up Crew
Time to put the hub cap back on, and throw your busted tire, your jack and that wrench in the trunk and you’re good to go!fabrics / by Grana / 06.02.17