Knowing what to do in the situation can help you avoid feelings of helplessness, especially if you do not have a cell phone on you.
Prepare in advance
If you are reading this article, you are already taking an important first step – knowing what to do before you experience a problem. Here are some other things to do:
Familiarize yourself with the safety information and emergency roadside in your Owner’s Guide before hitting the road
Be sure to keep the roadside assistance number on your cell phone, wallet or purse and glove
Check the tire pressure of spare each time you check your tires to ensure that others who also is properly inflated
If you get a flat tire while driving, do not slam the brake pedal. You must gradually decrease your speed, keeping a firm grip on the steering wheel. Then move slowly to safety off the road.
Take a look around you. If you’re not sure, do not hesitate to call the police for help.
Change the flat tire
Park completely off the road on a flat surface and to the extent possible traffic
Turn on your emergency flashers and set the parking brake
Place the gearshift in P (Park) or R (Reverse) for manual transmissions and turn the engine
Lock the front and rear wheel located diagonally opposite the flat to help keep your vehicle moving
Remove the spare tire, jack and wrench storage
Remove the hub cap or center ornament by prying it off with the sharp end of the wrench
Loosen each wheel nut turned left, but do not remove until the wheel is lifted off the ground
Place cat in the notch Jack at the door of the tire will change, and turn the jack handle clockwise until the disk is high enough off the ground to put the spare tire in the
Finish removing the lug nuts with the wrench and remove the flat tire
Place the spare tire on the wheel hub, causing the valve stem is facing outward (the valve stem is the nozzle is placed in air)
Reinstall the nuts until the wheel is snug against the hub. Do not tighten the nuts until the wheel is reduced
Lower the wheel by turning the jack handle clockwise
Remove the jack and tighten the nuts from the top of the tire and then alternating every other nuts, until all are tightened
Replace the flat tire, jack and lug wrench to their proper storage locations
Unlock the wheels
Visit your local Ford or Lincoln dealer for a replacement tire as soon as possible
For more information and illustrations on how to change a tire, be sure to consult the Owner’s Guide.
Driving around the spare tire
Always be careful while driving on a spare tire. Most are designed for the emergency – not extend – use. Follow these guidelines until you are able to reach your local Ford or Lincoln dealer for a replacement
Keep your speed below 50 mph – most spares are not designed to handle high speeds
Remove excess weight from your vehicle to keep as light as possible
Do not tow a trailer
Do not use tire chains on the end of the vehicle with the spare
Avoid automatic car washes – your spare no space as much as your original tire
Avoid sudden steering maneuvers
Replacement tires from the experts
Your local Ford or Lincoln is the best place for new tires. Your Ford Motor Company-trained technicians have the right tires for your vehicle in any situation, plus it will beat the price of tires announced anycompetitor in selling brand name tires, like Goodyear, Continental, Michelin and more.