Flat tire? Here’s what to do
If you drive, you’re eventually going to have to deal with a flat tire. While flat tires don’t have much to do with your transmission, we still think it’s a situation worth knowing how to handle. Here’s what to do next, from Alvie's Transmission in Jacksonville, FL.
First, get safely out of traffic, on flat solid ground where other drivers can see you. Don’t continue driving - your steering is compromised, and you risk damaging expensive components, including the rim.
Once you’re out of the way, decide whether to call a tow truck, or swap out the wheel for a spare yourself. If you choose the latter, consult your manual or any labels that may be in or on the vehicle concerning installing a spare. Remember not to put any part of your body under the car or fender well while it’s supported by the jack.
Using the factory recommended jack point, place the jack under the vehicle. Break the lugnuts free first, then lift the car carefully, making sure the jack stays level and sturdy. Once you’re sure the vehicle is secure, remove the lugnuts, pull the wheel off, and install the spare in reverse order. Make sure you tighten the lugnuts in a cross pattern, and you’re ready to go! Get the tire replaced and your original wheel reinstalled as soon as possible.
No matter your repair or maintenance needs, we’ve got you covered. For the best transmission service shop in Jacksonville, FL, call or stop by Alvie's Transmission today.
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