Every driver fears the sound of a flat tire on the road or a dangerous blow-out, especially because many of them don’t know what to do in the moment. Thankfully, our Lexus service professionals can walk you through the process of changing a flat tire safely and correctly, so you can drive straight to Lexus of Jacksonville for a new one.
Get to a Safe Place
The first thing you want to do when you notice a flat is get to a safe location, preferably one that is flat. Put on your hazard lights to inform other drivers and engage the emergency brake in the vehicle. Check the tires to find the culprit.
Loosen the Lug Nuts and Raise the Car
You won’t want to remove the lug nuts just yet, but you do want to loosen them. Break the resistance by turning them about ¼ to ½ of a turn. This might require a lug nut wheel lock key, which should be in your glove compartment or center console. Next, place the jack under a solid part of the vehicle’s frame and raise the car.
Remove the Lug Nuts and Install the Spare Tire
Once the vehicle is raised, you’ll want to loosen the lug nuts the rest of the way and remove them completely. Then you’ll be able to swap out the old tire for the spare. Place the spare tire onto the wheel and ensure that it is on completely. Put your flat tire in the trunk or cargo area of your vehicle.
Tighten Lug Nuts By Hand
Tighten the lug nuts by hand as much as you can, moving between them in a star shape. Then lower the vehicle back to the ground. Once the tire is touching the ground, but still supported by the jack, use the wrench to tighten them completely.
Remove the Jack
Now you can remove the jack. Make sure the lug nuts are tight and secure, then bring your vehicle to Lexus of Jacksonville for tire service you can trust.
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