Saturday, July 5, 2008

Changing A Tire-The Beginning...

Now, I understand why some people dread doing this task. Changing a tire is sometimes not as easy as it sounds. This is especially true if a person has never changed a tire. It requires some muscle, a willingness to get a little dirty, and some fundamental knowledge about what you need to do before starting.

Speaking from personal experience, the first time I ever had to change a tire was on the side of busy freeway when it was cold, snowing windy. While I managed to change the tire and be on my way after some initial struggles, I wished I had some practice doing this task before I had to do it in that situation.

Don't Forget the Jack

Before you even drive your vehicle for the first time, you should make sure you have all the proper equipment you need for changing a tire. These tools generally are located in the trunk of cars and in wells of sports utility vehicles.

Probably the most important piece of equipment you will need is the jack. Without one, you will not be able to change your tire. Make sure it is in your car and that it is working properly. If you need a new jack, you can buy either the tripod of scissors type, or if you do much under-the-car work, you may want to invest in a hydraulic jack. It is faster and safer than other jacks and doesn't cost too much more money.

If you unsure about how to use the jack, consult your vehicle's owner's manual. If for some reason you don't have an owner's manual, you can take the jack to the local mechanic and he can show you how to use it


James said...

La Toya,

This a great piece of advice. I too, have had my share of problems with tires. Five years ago, I blew out a tire while nearing a toll booth during the early part of rush hour. I rolled through the toll booth and pulled off to the side and had to quickly change my tire while praying that the people trying to cut each other off to get on to the highway wouldn't hit me.

AAA, OnStar and other road side assistance services are great, but sometimes you might be in a situation where you can't wait for the tow truck to get to you (like I was - it would have taken them an hour to get through all the traffic to get to me).

Great tip,

Yobachi said...

I would suggest to anyone; but a especially those of lesser strength, to get a cross bar or 4 way lug wrench.

You can use your body weight for leverage in turning the lugs.

I just talked to somebody last night who I'd suggested it to over a year ago, and she had good results with it.