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In today's fast-paced world, we don't often anticipate having to slow down for any reason. That's why the last place you want to be is stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire not knowing what to do. At Bob Penkhus, we want to keep you safe on and off the road, so here are our tips for how to fill and change your tires if you ever need to!


How to Fill Your Tires with Air

The best way to keep yourself safe on the road without a flat tire is by keeping them filled. The recommended tire pressure amount will be listed on a sticker inside your driver's side door or in the owner's manual. Most vehicles will recommend between 32-35 psi, and you can check it with a tire pressure gauge. Most gas stations will have an air hose to fill your tires – be sure to check the owner's manual before you do to ensure you do not overfill your tires.

  1. Check your tire pressure. You can do this with a tire pressure gauge, and you'll want to do it when the tires are cool (not after you've driven a long distance).
  2. Fill your tires with an air hose. You can find an air hose at many local gas stations (but keep in mind, many will require spare change!). Take the stem cap off the tire and fit the air hose to the stem until the tire is inflated at the desired psi. (It's okay if you go a little over!)
  3. Check the psi level and reattach the stem cap. Then, you are good to get back on the road!

Tip: Many dealerships or mechanics will check your tires and fill them with air for free during regular maintenance appointments.

How to Change A Tire

If you do happen to get a flat and need to change your tire, it is possible to do it on your own! Just follow these steps to get your spare tire on and then bring your car to a local mechanic or dealership as soon as possible to get a replacement tire.

  1. Find a safe place to pull your car over. If at all possible, find a safe place to pull off the road where you have enough space to work without the hazard of other vehicles getting too close. Put your hazard lights on and get your spare tire and kit from the trunk.
  2. Prop your car up with a jack. Place the car jack under the metal portion of the vehicle's frame. After proper placement, use the jack to raise the car far enough up so the old tire is lifted from the ground.
  3. Loosen the lug nuts and hubcap. If the hubcap is still on, you will need to take it off to see the lug nuts. Use a wrench to turn the lug nuts counterclockwise to loosen them. Remove all lug nuts (keeping them together in a safe spot!) and pull the tire off.
  4. Use the spare. Every car should have one spare tire. Replace the flat tire with the spare by lining the holes on the spare with the lug nut posts. Reattach the lug nuts to the spare and tighten them all the way. (Remember to put your hubcap in the trunk so you don't lose it!)
  5. Lower the car from the jack. Then you can lower the vehicle from the jack and make sure all the lug nuts are tightened before driving away. Take the car immediately to a trusted mechanic or dealership to replace the tire.

Keeping your tires inflated will save you gas, time, and money down the road. We hope these tire filling and changing tips help you on your next road trip or daily commute! Stop in to see our knowledgeable car experts for a maintenance check, a new or pre-owned car test drive, or just to check your tire pressure. We’re always here and happy to help keep you safe on the road!


- Your friends at Bob Penkhus Mitsubishi 

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