Tires can become flat for many reasons. Weather is a leading cause for loss of air. During colder months, the air inside the tire is less dense and causes the tire to seem low. Nothing a little air can't fix. Tires can also lose air during a blow out or a slow leak due to a punctured tire or damaged rim. A small hole at the tread of the tire can sometimes be repaired. Otherwise, a new tire is usually needed.
If you are attempting to change your tire, always make sure the vehicle is in a safe location. Otherwise, wait for help to arrive.
First, you will need to locate your spare tire and ensure it is properly inflated. Make sure your emergency brake is on and your tires are chocked. Make sure you have all the tools needed to complete the job.
Locate a flat portion of the vehicles chassis near the damaged tire where you can place the jack. Raise the jack until it makes positive contact with the chassis. Remove any hub caps if needed. Loosen all the lug nuts and set them aside. Raise the vehicle enough to remove the damaged wheel. Remove the damaged wheel and install the spare. Tighten one lug nut, and then tighten the second one that is across from the first. This ensures that the wheel is installed evenly. At this point the rest of the lug nuts can be tightened.
Be careful when lowering the vehicle, and remember to release the emergency brake before driving.
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Remember, SAFETY always comes first!
If your vehicle encounters an issue while you are travelling, Adjust your speed and pull over safely. Make sure you choose a safe area to stop. This will help your passengers and the responders stay safe.
If your vehicle stalls while driving, try to pull over safely before the vehicle stops rolling. If your vehicle doesn't make it to a safe location, it may be wise to move your passengers to safety until help arrives. Never run across a freeway if avoidable.
Batteries stop working for many reasons. Weather changes can be a large factor for dead batteries. A bad alternator in your vehicle can stop charging your battery causing it to die. Many auto parts stores check your battery and alternator for free.
If you are attempting to boost a car battery yourself, make sure your equipment is in good condition. Follow the standard connection procedure.
First, connect one Red (+ Positive) lead of your booster cables to your running vehicles battery. Connect the opposing Red (+ Positive) lead to the dead vehicles battery. Then connect the first Black - Negative lead to the running vehicles battery and connect the opposing Black (- Negative) lead to a metal grounded part of the engine. The vehicle should now start if the connections are good. Then immediately remove the booster cables.
The booster cables are removed in reverse orientation.