Whether or not you have roadside assistance, you should be familiar with changing a flat tire. You never know how long it will take for a tow or replacement tire to get to you, and having to wait could make you late for something important. It is fairly easy to change your flat tire as long as you keep the proper supplies on hand.
Keep a Spare Kit
If you don’t already have one, you want to keep a spare kit in your trunk. This should include the spare tire for your Honda, a jack, and a wrench to loosen and tighten the lug nuts.
When you get a flat, try to pull off onto a flat surface, since this will make it easier and safer to change the tire. Start by taking off the hubcap and then turn the lug nuts counterclockwise to loosen them. Don’t be afraid to use your feet for extra leverage.
Raising the Car
Now you can use your car jack to lift your Honda about 6 inches into the air. Once it is up, finish taking off the lug nuts and put them somewhere safe so you won’t lose them. Simply pull the flat tire straight out and put the spare in its place. Remember to line up the lug nut posts on your Honda with the holes in your spare. Tighten the lug nuts without making them too tight.
Lowering the Car
Use your jack to lower your Honda back down and finish tightening the lug nuts, once again using the ground for leverage. Now you can put your hubcap back on and get back on the road.
To get a spare tire or for more tips on changing your flat tire, head to O’Daniel Honda in Omaha, Nebraska.