Has your happiness ever been deflated because of a flat tire? It’s never fun to delay your schedule because your car has become immobilized. That’s why our Toyota Service Center experts at Toyota of North Charlotte are here to help teach you how to change a flat tire!
Be prepared for a flat tire (Toyota service tips)
Flat tires are one of the biggest reasons why a car breaks down so it’s smart to be prepared! We believe that every driver on the road should know how to change their own Charlotte car tires in case of an emergency because roadside assistance could take hours to get to you. If our Toyota Service Center isn’t assisting you, you’ll need to make sure that you have to proper tools.
What you need:
- A spare tire
- A lug wrench
- A jack
We also recommend having:
- A flashlight
- A tire gauge
- Fix-a-flat (for a temporary fix)
- An air pump
Once you have the proper supplies, you’re ready to change your flat. Remember that you can always have the professionals at our Charlotte Toyota Service Center fix your tire for you. But if you’re in a pinch and you want to try it yourself, here’s what to do:
- Make sure your vehicle is on a flat surface
Don’t drive on a flat tire! One you notice that one of your vehicle’s tires have blown, try to get off of the road as soon as you can. Our Toyota Service Center in Charlotte suggests that you pull into a gas station if you’re close to one. If not, pull over to a flat surface on the side of the road. This will significantly decrease the chance that your vehicle falls off the jack.
- Loosen the lug nuts
Loosen up the lug nuts on your tire before you get it off the ground. You’ll need to take off your tire’s hubcap to get to them. Once they’re exposed, place the lug wrench on them and strongly turn the wrench counter-clockwise.
- Jack up your car
Next, you’re going to place the car jack underneath your vehicle and make sure it’s resting on a sturdy part of the frame. You can check out N Charlotte Toyota’s owner’s manual to see exactly where you should place it. After that, you’re going to crank away until your vehicle is high enough off the ground to change your flat tire.
- Replace your flat tire
Once the vehicle is up on the jack, remove the lug nuts from the damaged tire. Now you can take off the old tire, replace it with the spare tire, and put the lug nuts back on. Make sure that you put the nuts back on as tight as possible – you don’t want to have a flyaway when you’re on the road!
Car tire service in Charlotte
Bring your car back down to the ground and you’re ready to hit the road! You can only drive around 70 miles and go a maximum speed of 55 mpg on a spare tire, so make sure to bring your vehicle into our Toyota Service Center as soon as you can to get a new car tire.
Come to Toyota of North Charlotte for all your car tire needs! Our service center experts will make sure your car is road ready. We’re located at 13429 Statesville Rd. in Huntersville.