How To Change A Tire

You may hear a noise, you may have the ability to see the tire pressure go down, but you will feel your vehicle begin to steer off and indicate a tire is flat. It can be one of the biggest inconveniences on the road. If you have a good spare available, you can change it yourself following our procedure below. If you don't, we recommend Lima drivers call our service center and we'll tow your car into the shop!

Pull Over to a Safe Location

Once you realize your tire is going flat/is flat, immediately put on your hazard lights and get over to the furthest right lane safely. If you can, do your best to pull over to a safe location like a parking lot. It's best to avoid changing a tire on the side of the road as it can be very dangerous.

Find The Leak

In order to find where the flat is, you need to inflate the tire to the appropriate pressure according to your service manual.

Visually Inspect and Listen!

The easiest way to find where the air is exiting is if you discover holes, cuts, or objects protruding from the tire. If you cannot find it, you may be able to hear where the problem is. Listen for a hissing sound, which indicates where the tire pressure is exiting.

Still Can't Find the Leak? Feel the Tire or Wash It!

Run your hands carefully over the tire to locate where the air is leaking. Sometimes, flat tires can be stubborn to expose their leak. If you have soap and water handy, run it over the tire, and wait. You want to watch the bubbles because as air escapes, it will form soap bubbles.

Finding the Leak

One method are tire puncture sealants. Various manufacturers have different steps on how much you should put in. However, the directions generally follow the same method.

Pull the Object Out of Your Punctured Tire

You may skip this step, depending on how your tire is flat.

Turn The Wheel

You want to turn the wheel so the valve is at the top of the wheel. Unscrew the cap, attach the nozzle of the product to the valve stem, and press the button to release its content. You'll want to drive your car in order to evenly distribute the insides and prevent a heavy lump forming inside. All you need to do is go in forward and reverse every couple of feet.

Use a Tire Plug Kit

This will require you to take the wheel off the car and the proper equipment to do so.

Loosen the Lug Nuts and Jack Up the Car

Loosen the lug nuts before jacking up the car. Once they are loosened, jack up the car so the wheel(s) can be removed. Your service manual will have the recommended jacking point. Remove the lug nuts and pull the wheel off the hub.

Properly Plug the Tire

If you found the object, pull it out with pliers, clean the hole with rasp tool, and thread the plug through the center of the insertion. Use the insertion tool to force the plug into the hole. Cut away the excess plug material from the tire surface. Pump air into the tire and use a tire gauge to ensure it's the right level. Apply some soap mixture onto the plug so it can demonstrate the seal is holding. If it isn't holding, add a little cement.

Re-Install The Wheel

Slide the wheel back onto the wheelbase and thread the lug nut on tight to hold the wheel in place. Lower the vehicle from the ground and tighten the lugs to the specified torque.

Replace The Tire

Come down to our service center where we can find you a brand new tire that is the right one for your model. Contact us at (877) 667-1184 if you have any questions.
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