Tips for Fixing a Flat ǀ Wheel Repair Hampton Roads, VA

Craft Repair, where no job is too little or too big, specializes in wheel repair in Hampton Roads, VA. We are your one stop shop for complete machining, welding, fabricating, wheel & rim repairs, driveline service, hydraulic cylinder repair, and custom work in Hampton Roads, VA. We are a family-owned business with over 70 years of experience.

Many of us had a well-meaning dad or uncle who showed us how to change a flat when we first began to drive. With that said, many people still don’t know how to change a flat on their own. Or, even if they do, there are many situations that can arise to complicate the process or make it impossible altogether. So, we have listed below some tips from Goodyear Tire for fixing your flat:

  • One of the most important steps for changing a flat is to be prepared for one in advance. Even if you know fully well how to change a flat tire, you just can’t do it if you don’t have all of the necessary tools. So, make sure that you put together a flat tire kit and keep it in your car at all times. Your kit should contain your car’s owner manual, a spare tire, a jack, a lug wrench, and bracing material like a brick or piece of wood. Place this kit in an easily accessible place so that it will be easy to get started if you ever have a flat.
  • If a flat tire actually does occur, be sure that you pull off to the side of the road well out of the way of traffic. Park in a place where your car is on level surface, or you will have difficulty changing your tire. Then, turn on your hazard lights to signal to other drivers to pay attention. Place a brick or piece of wood in front of a tire that isn’t flat in order to prevent your car from moving while you’re changing the tire.
  • Once, you have made all of your preparations, get all your tools for your flat tire kit out. If you have any passengers in your car, be sure to have them get out of the car while you change the flat. You will first need to use your jack to lift your car up. Then, you will need to use your lug wrench to remove your tire lug nuts; turn them counterclockwise to take them off and clockwise to put them back on. Once you have loosened all of the lug nuts, you will probably need to use the jack to lift your car up more to remove the tire. Before you ever use the jack, make sure that is stable under your car.
  • Once your flat tire has been replaced with a spare, continue to keep your hazard lights on are you drive. Drive slowly and cautiously and immediately head for a mechanic to have a new tire put on.

For wheel repair that you can rely on, give us a call at Craft Repair in Hampton Roads, VA.