Getting a flat tire can be a scary situation while you’re driving. It’s scary if you don’t know what to do and even scarier if you aren’t prepared to fix it. That’s why at Griffin Lincoln Fort Atkinson we stress knowing how to properly change a flat tire to protect yourself and your vehicle.

There are a few telltale signs that you have a flat tire. Your car will have a bumping sensation and seem to be pulling in one direction. The first thing to do is immediately put on your emergency flashers and slow down your vehicle. If you can get into a parking lot do so, or at least pull completely off the road. Check your surroundings for safety.

Loosen the lug nuts on your tire using a tire iron and then you need to completely raise your tire off the ground using a car jack. Then, it’s safe to completely remove the flat tire and put on the spare tire. Carefully secure it with the same lug nuts you removed. Remember, none of these steps will help if you aren’t properly prepared. That’s why it’s crucial to make sure all the necessary supplies are always in your vehicle and to keep your spare tire inflated.

Make sure to visit our Lincoln service center for a replacement tire as soon as you get a chance. You should try to limit driving on your spare tire less than 70 miles and never over 50 mph. They also have limited tread so they aren’t ideal for all terrains.

Be sure to speak with our Lincoln dealership near Janesville, WI if you have other questions about changing a flat or are ready for a replacement tire. Give our service department a call at 866-337-6988 or stop in and see us. And, most importantly, stay safe out there!