How to Change a Flat Tire

Change a flat tire

One DIY task that every driver should learn is how to change a flat tire. Follow the steps below to learn.

Supplies

  • Car jack
  • Lug wrench
  • Flares/reflective triangles
  • Wheel block
  • Owner’s manual
  • Something to kneel on (like a floor mat)

Steps                                              

  1. Pull over in a location that is as safe, flat, and solid as you can and turn on your emergency flashers. Set up flares or reflective triangles behind your car.
  2. Set your parking brake and put a wheel block behind the wheel diagonally opposite to the flat tire. Put your floor mat by the flat tire for you to kneel on.
  3. Open your owner’s manual and read through for any specific instructions for your particular vehicle.
  4. Remove the hub cab, if you have one.
  5. Use the lug wrench to loosen, but not remove, all the lug nuts on the wheel.
  6. Position the jack just behind or in front of the flat tire. There will typically be a particular area along the car’s frame, sometimes indicated by an arrow, where the jack can safely lift.
  7. Slowly raise the vehicle until the tire is just a few inches off the ground.
  8. Finish loosening the lug nuts, remove them, and slowly pull off the tire.
  9. Get your spare tire, which should be located in your trunk or possibly on the underbody (for trucks and SUVs).
  10. Line up the spare tire with the studs, slide it on, and finger-tighten the lug nuts.
  11. Lower the car slowly and remove the jack.
  12. Use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts as tight as you can.
  13. Clean up your area.

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History of the Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle

As one of the longest-used nameplates in automotive history, the history of the Volkswagen Beetle is long and undeniably interesting. Development of the little “Bug” began in Germany in 1934, with the first cars coming out of production in 1938.

However, after a short production run, it had to stop due to wartime activities. The Beetle went back into production in Europe in 1946 to provide transportation for Allied troops, and after that, production gradually grew and grew until the one-millionth Type 1 model was produced in 1955.

In the early 1950s, the Beetle made its way to the United States and its popularity exploded over the next two decades. In fact, on February 17, 1972, Beetle number 15,007,034 was produced, setting a new record for the most-produced vehicle model. Sales eventually ceased in the U.S. in 1979 and production of the Type 1 ended in 2003.

In 1997, Volkswagen introduced what was called the New Beetle. It had a front engine, but its exterior styling paid homage to the original. The Beetle went through another redesign for the 2011 model year and got a slightly lower profile. This is the current model of the Beetle.

Come check out the modern version of the iconic VW Bug right here at Gossett VW Germantown.