Sooner or later, everyone who owns a car will endure a flat tire. Whether it happens while on the highway or you witness it just as you are getting in your car to go to work – it is always a hassle. If you're like most drivers, you probably have roadside assistance services that will come fix a flat for you . But even if you do, it is always a good idea to know how to handle certain car repairs on your own just in case. And lucky for you – car manufacturers have worked hard to make the tire changing process one that most everyone can do. To learn how to change a flat in your Honda Odyssey, check out the step-by-step guide below.
1. If you are driving when you endure a flat tire, it's important to find a safe spot to pull over on the side of the road. If on a busy highway or interstate, the safest route is to drive on the flat to the next exit before pulling over. Never park on unlevel ground or in the middle of a curve – both spell disaster during a tire change.
2. Once you pull over, turn your hazard lights on. This is the safest way to alert other drivers on the road as to what is happening.
3. Next, gather the necessary tools: car jack, wrench and spare tire.
4. Once you have all of the necessary tools, use your wrench to loosen the lug nuts. (You may need to remove the hubcap to do so.) Do not fully remove the lug nuts just yet, but instead, just loosen them. Do so by turning your wrench counter-clockwise (to the left).
5. When lug nuts are loosened, place your car jack in the correct spot (check your owner's manual or online for instructions). When the jack is securely in place, have it lift your car until the flat tire is around six inches off the ground.
6. Now that your car is jacked up, you can fully unscrew the lug nuts. Be sure to put them into a pile so you don't risk having any roll away.
7. Once lug nuts are removed, pull the tire straight toward yourself in order to pull it off the wheelbase.
8. Place the spare tire on your car by lining up the lug nut posts with the holes in the spare. Then push the spare al the way onto the wheelbase.
9. Put lug nuts back on. Don't fully tighten them just yet.
10. Using your jack once more, lower your car to the ground. Then remove the jack.
11. Once your car is safely back on the ground, finish tightening the lug nuts until they are secure.
12. Once you have finished changing your flat, the last thing to do is to clean up. Place all tools, as well as your flat tire in your trunk, leaving the side of the road clear.
And wallah! You have changed your flat tire all by yourself!
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This entry was posted in Washington Honda and tagged new Odyssey, car maintenance, tire maintenance, diy car repairs, honda repairs, on 06/04/2016 at 2:40 PM