Taking your vehicle to the Brown’s Dulles Nissan dealership for regular inspection and maintenance will greatly reduce your chances of ever having to change a flat tire. However, tire damage can occur without warning, from something as simple as a nail in the road. The biggest problem presented by tire damage is the increased safety risk. A worst-case scenario is a blowout that results in loss of control. No matter the cause, if you need to change a flat tire, there are some important steps to follow.
Get to a Safe Area
When a tire needs to be changed, the first step is finding a safe place to work away from other cars and off the road. Carefully maneuver the vehicle off the street; in the event of a blowout, steer in the same direction the vehicle is pulling to avoid flipping over. Try to come to a stop slowly and do not use the brakes excessively. Once the vehicle is safely off the road, turn on the hazard lights and have everyone safely exit the vehicle away from the road.
Check Your Tools
Next, assess damage to the tires and vehicle. Changing a flat tire requires the proper tools. It is necessary to have a properly inflated spare tire, a car jack, and a tool to remove the nuts or studs that secure the wheels. If more than one tire is damaged or you do not have the proper tools on hand, you may need to call for assistance.
Change the Tire
The steps to changing a tire can be found in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. However, the steps are generally the same for all vehicles. In the case of damage to multiple tires or a lack of the proper tools for the job, you should call for roadside assistance. Another important item to take note of is suspension or alignment damage. If the vehicle suffered a severe flat or blowout, the suspension or alignment may be off.
If you need an alignment, new tires, or simply a checkup, bring your vehicle to Brown’s Dulles Nissan of Chantilly. For more information about our parts and services department, call our dealership at (703) 948-1100.