How to Change a Flat Tire
At Joe Machens Mazda, we strive to educate our customers, from Columbia to Quincy, MO. From helping you research options to offering advice and guidance, we’ve got your back. Sometimes, you may hit a bump in the road and get a flat tire. If your 2018 Mazda3 gets a flat, follow these steps:
- Safety first. Pull over so you’re out of the way of traffic. Set your parking brake and turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers.
- Secure and Prepare. Make sure your front tires are pointing straight ahead with the parking brake set. Gather your spare tire, car jack, lug wrench, and wheel wedges. Use the wheel wedges on the opposite tires of the flat to secure your vehicle.
- Remove wheel cover.
- Slightly loosen lug nuts. Place the car jack under the jacking point and crank it up so it just touches the bottom of the car. Use the lug wrench to loosen each nut one full turn.
- Jack up. Use the jack to lift the vehicle until high enough to remove the flat. But don’t jack it up too high, as this will lessen vehicle stability.
- Unscrew lug nuts and remove flat. Fully unscrew the loosened nuts and place them somewhere where they won’t get lost. Pull the flat away and place it out of the way.
- Install spare. Make sure the correct side of the tire is facing you and push it onto the exposed lug bolts. Hand-tighten each nut in a criss-cross pattern until snug, but not fully tightened.
- Tighten fully. Lower the jack so the tire touches the ground, but the weight of the car still rests on the jack. Use the lug wrench to fully tighten each nut using same criss-cross pattern.
- Finishing steps. Fully lower the jack and remove it from under the vehicle. Replace the wheel cover and place your tools and flat in your car.
- Visit Joe Machens Mazda. A spare is only a temporary fix, so visit our Mazda service center ASAP to get your tire repaired or replaced.