CMH Lexus Umhlanga offers 10 simple steps that will assist you in changing a flat tyre if you find yourself driving with a flat tyre. At any point, if you have a question or are confused about the step you are on, just give us a call or come into CMH Lexus Umhlanga and we will assist you.
Step 1- Pull over in a safe spot
Pullover in a quiet and safe area. The ground should be flat, so your car won’t roll away. You should find a spot that is on a straight road so that cars can see you. If it is dark, find a place with lights.
Step 2- Put on your hazard lights
Once you have found your safe spot to pull over, you must turn on your hazard lights so that oncoming traffic can see that there is a problem, and you may require assistance.
Step 3- Check for tools
The three main items you will need are a jack, a spare wheel and tyre and a wrench. These three things can all be located in your car just in case a flat tyre occurs.
Step 4- Loosen the Lug Nuts
Using the wrench, loosen all the Lug Nuts on the wheel by turning the wrench in an anticlockwise direction, but do not loosen them all the way. Do this to all the nuts and leave them loose enough to loosen by hand.
Step 5- Lift your vehicle off the ground
Place the jack onto the metal frame of the vehicle and make sure it is not touching any of the car’s plastic mouldings. Once the jack is secured, slowly start to raise the car off the ground so that the wheel can come off without touching the ground.
Step 6- Remove Lug nuts and tyre
Once the vehicle is raised high enough off the ground, remove the lug nuts and take the tyre off the frame. Make sure you keep all of the nuts in a safe place.
Step 7- Place the spare tyre on the frame
With the spare wheel, line up the holes on the wheel with the lug nut posts and place the tyre onto the posts. Push the wheel as far back as it can go.
Step 8- Replace the Lug nuts
Place all the Lug nuts back onto the posts and tighten them with your hands. Do not tighten them all the way because it is vital to tighten the Lug nuts in a way in which the tyre is kept even.
Step 9- Lower your vehicle and tighten the nuts
Slowly lower your vehicle to the point where the wheel is just touching the ground. Number all your nuts from 1 through to 5 and then tighten them in order 1,3,5,2,4,1,3,5,2,4. This is to keep your tyre straight and even.
Step 10- Lower your vehicle fully and finish tightening
Lower your vehicle onto the ground and put the jack away. Using the wrench, tighten your nuts once more in the same pattern until they do not budge.
Make sure you come down and visit us at CMH Lexus Umhlanga, 1 Wilton Crescent, Umhlanga Ridge or contact us on 031 580 4000. We have excellent staff who are waiting to assist you.