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How to Fix a Flat Tire in Paducah, KY | Chip Wynn Motors

Don’t let the thought of a flat tire scare you. With the right tools and following tips from Chip Wynn Motors, you’ll master the skill of changing a flat tire.

Toolkit essentials

  • Several of the things you need to fix a flat should already be in your vehicle — owner’s manual, tire jack, spare tire and lug wrench. If any of these tools are missing from your car or are broken, replace them immediately.
  • Your car emergency kit should have a flashlight and extra batteries. Add wheel wedges, gloves, a rain poncho, and a 2-inch-by-6-inch piece of wood to keep the jack from moving.

How to fix a flat

  • Location: It’s unnerving when a tire goes flat, but it’s important to stay calm. Decrease your speed, assess your situation, and determine a safe spot to pull over. You’ll need space to change your tire, so a narrow shoulder should be avoided.
  • Notification: Once you’ve found a safe spot, make it easy for other drivers to see you by turning on your hazard lights.
  • Full stop: Prevent your car from rolling while you’re working by activating the parking brake. Position wheel wedges in front of front tires if a rear tire needs changing. Wheel wedges should go behind the back tires if you’re fixing a flat front tire.
  • Components: To change your tire you need to get to the lug nuts. A wheel cover or hubcap obstructs access to them, so you’ll need to remove it first with the flat end of your lug wrench. Once the lug nuts are exposed, use your wrench in a counterclockwise motion to loosen, but not remove, the lug nuts.
  • Tire jack: Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the right spot to set the tire jack. Put the jack on a 2-inch-by-6-inch piece of wood to keep it securely in place while you lift up your car approximately 6 inches.
  • Back to lug nuts: Now it’s time to fully dislodge the lug nuts, remove the flat tire, and place it on its side.
  • Spare tire: Attach the spare tire, reattach the lug nuts, and tighten them completely by hand. You can now lower your car until the spare tire touches the ground. Use the force of your body and the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts, then lower your car all the way down. You can remove the jack.
  • Final steps: If it fits, put the hubcap on the spare. If not, set it in with your tools and the materials you used to fix the flat. Check the pressure on your spare. If the pressure is low (below 60 psi), slowly head to the auto repair shop.

If you’re looking to change more than the tire — like the whole ride, for example — check out our great selection of used vehicles at Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, KY.

Request Info: How to Change a Tire - see and Dealership only sells used cars. Walk through the tools and steps required to change a tire. Page will go under the Information/Tips and Guides tab on dealer website; check there for examples of tone and approach.

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