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We have all passed the angry looking motorist on the side of the road frantically dialing numbers on their cell phone The majority of us have also been the angry individual on the side of the road Changing that flat tire is a lot quicker and easier than most people realize Aside from catastrophic engine failure one of the major reasons for a delay in travel is a flat tire Instead of waiting for a buddy or the tow truck wouldnt it be nice to know how to get on the road again The first thing to do when you get a flat is not to panic Just ease off the road onto the shoulder but make sure it is a nice level spot with enough to room to work without endangering yourself from passing vehicles If driving an automatic put in park or in gear if driving a manual and set the parking brake Locate your jack lug wrench and spare tire and set them next to the tire you will be changing If your vehicle is equipped with a hubcap remove it and set it withing arms reach as it will come in handy soon Using your lug wrench loosen but dont remove the lug nuts Keeping them hand tight will prevent injury and damage if the jack fails while jacking Then locate a suitable point to jack the vehicle which is usually reenforced section of the frame Place the jack under that point and raise the vehicle only as high as needed to pull the tire off of the axle Not raising the vehicle high enough will only cause more work and raising it too high can be dangerous as the jack can collapse from being over extended Once the vehicle is at a suitable height take off the lug nuts and place them
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