Flat Tire Repair in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
At Hurst’s Tire Service, we know that flat tires can be unavoidable. When they occur, you need to be ready to take action and get the tire fixed as soon as possible. Look to our tire dealers for flat tire repair in Lancaster, PA. We have a tire repair shop on site with professionals who can assist you.
How to Put on a Spare Tire
Before you can put on a spare tire, the first thing you need to do is remove the flat tire. There are some standard tools that all auto owners should have in their vehicles. At a minimum you should have an inflated spare tire, jack, lug wrench, a small wedge to rest against a tire for stability, and a wooden block or brick that can be used for leveling the jack while changing the tire.
Now that you have your tools, here are some tips for making the tire changing process safer and more tolerable. As soon as you realize you have a flat tire, pull over in a safe level area as soon as possible. The sooner you are able to stop driving, the less damage your tire is likely to sustain. Once you are safely stopped you will want to loosen the lug nut prior to jacking up the vehicle. The first turn is always the most difficult but it is much easier if the weight of the vehicle is still on the tire.
After the lug nut is loosened, jack up your vehicle being certain to follow the instructions in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Be careful not to place the jack against any part of the vehicle that could be damaged such as any fragile trim. Place your wedge behind one of the tires that are still on the ground to ensure the vehicle doesn’t roll; then use your wooden block or brick to level the jack.
Once the flat tire is elevated and the vehicle is stabilized, remove the lug nuts and the flat tire. Place the spare tire on the mounts and add the lug nuts. Lower and remove the jack; then tighten the lug nuts one last time after the tire is on the ground.
Hurst’s Tire Repair Shop
If possible, drive directly to Hurst’s tire repair shop. A note of caution; many spare tires have speed and distance limitations. Typically your spare will have these guidelines written on the sidewall of the tire. Flat tire repair is a standard service at Hurst’s and can save you a significant amount of money versus having to buy a new tire. Whether it is a tire puncture, leaking valve stem, or just a slow leak, Hurst’s Tire Service has the right tools and training for your flat tire repair.