How to Change a Flat Tire on your Volkswagen
Even with tire pressure monitoring systems engaged and extra care taken in navigating around road debris, flat tires are a fact of life. At Port Charlotte Volkswagen, we know that a flat tire can put a damper on your day in a matter of seconds. We also know that being stranded without the proper tools or knowledge can amplify an already stressful situation.
Our local Volkswagen drivers in Fort Myers, Sarasota, and North Port can consult the following guide to quickly take care of a flat tire and get back on the road in no time.
Tire Change Essentials
Assemble a box of tools that can assist you if you should need to change a flat tire on your VW. Keep it stored in your trunk. Be sure to include:
- Car jack
- Spare tire
- Mat to kneel on
- Flashlight and extra batteries
Step 1: Pull Over to a Safe Location and Put on Your Hazards
In the event of a flat, pull over to the side of the road where you won’t be in the way of traffic. Pick a level stretch for your change out, as attempting to jack up your Volkswagen on a hill is more harm than help. Activate your hazard lights so passing cars know to travel around you.
Step 2: Loosen Lug Nuts
Locate your tools and get into position by the affected tire to begin the process of removing it from the car. Take your wrench and loosen the lug nuts that are holding the tire in place with a few counter-clockwise turns on each nut. Don’t remove the lug nuts yet.
Step 3: Jack Up Your VW
Use your car jack to elevate your VW until the tire in question is roughly half a foot from the ground. To find out the best jacking points for your specific model, check with your Volkswagen owner’s manual.
Step 4: Carefully Remove Lug Nuts and Tire
Place the lug nuts in a spot nearby where they won’t roll away. Pull the tire straight toward yourself to detach it from the wheelbase.
Step 5: Put the Spare Tire on the Car
Line up the lug nut entry points with the corresponding holes on your spare tire and push the replacement tire fully onto the wheelbase.
Step 6: Replace the Lug Nuts and Lower the Jack
Loosely put on the lug nuts so they keep the spare in position while you lower the car back down with the jack.
Step 7: Tighten Lug Nuts onto the New Tire
Once the jack is removed, you can tighten the lug nuts onto the new tire. Start out by tightening each nut halfway from opposing positions. Once halfway secured, continue to tighten until the nuts are on as tightly as possible.
Step 8: Put the Flat Tire and Tools Back in Your Car
And you’re done! Be mindful that you don’t leave any of your tools behind.
Treat Your Tires Right at PC VW
Your flat-changing knowledge is only good if you have a spare riding along in your Volkswagen to put it into action. Fort Myers, Sarasota, and North Port drivers can visit the Port Charlotte Volkswagen tire store for a selection of VW-approved tires chosen specifically for each make and model.
Always have a trusty spare stowed away and be sure you keep up with regular tire maintenance. Schedule an appointment online with the service team at Port Charlotte Volkswagen for your next rotation or alignment.