Tire maintenance is an important part of Ford truck, car, and SUV ownership. However, even with the most meticulous care and attention, accidents can still occur. It’s important to take precautions to not only care for your tires, but also to be ready when you are faced with a flat tire.
For starters, you should always keep an eye on your tire pressure in both your regular set of tires and your spare tire. You also want to make sure your vehicle is stocked with the necessary supplies for a flat tire, a tire iron and jack.
If you are faced with a flat tire, safety precautions are crucial. Carefully pull your vehicle to the side of the road and wait until you have a clear opening before exiting. Make sure you are parked on a flat level, but you still want to engage the emergency brake. It’s also a good idea to put a brick behind the opposite wheel as an extra precaution.
Start by loosening the lug nuts on your tire. This can take excessive force as they should be very tight. Once the lug nuts are loosened, jack up your vehicle. You want to raise it enough so that the flat tire is completely off the ground. Keep in mind, a flat tire will be lower than your spare, so give yourself a little breathing room.
Next, you want to remove the lug nuts completely and store them securely. Remove your flat tire, line up your spare tire, and fasten it securely with the same lug nuts. Finally, make an appointment at our Ford service center near Denton to have your tire replaced or just stop on by.
Our Ford dealership is located at 2670 Highway 287 South in Decatur, TX. We can also be reached at 877-881-7164 if you have any questions. We’ll get you taken care of here at Karl Klement Ford!