08 August 2003
Yea so the other day I went to go jump in the BOV and discovered that my tire was flat. I managed to run over something and poked a hole in it.
BEFOREjacking up any vehicle be sure than it canít roll on you. Put "chocks" in front of, and behind, two of the other tires! Once itís jacked up make sure that there is no way it can fall on you.
So the first step was grab the "real" tire iron and loosen the lug nuts. Donít completely take them offÖjust break them free.
The 2nd step was to dig out the spare tire from the carrier. In newer pick up trucks it is carried under the bed.
To get the tire out you need to use the jack handle that comes with the vehicle.
Look below the tailgate and near the center and youíll find a small hole. You need to stick the handle in the hole and the end of it will sit into a fitting. You might have to wiggle it a couple of times to get it seated properly. Then turn the handle counterclockwise and the tire will start to drop.
The tire drops right onto the ground
Itís held up there by a cable.
Notice the cable coming out of the flat part
The next step was jacking up the front end and removing the tire.
Once the dead tire is off put the new one on and start all of the lug nuts. Use the tire iron and tighten them until they stop. Donít crank down on them at this point just until they stop turning.
Then let the jack down so that the weight of the vehicle is on the tire.
NOW you tighten the lug nuts. To correctly do this is easy. Pick one. Tighten it down. Then tighten the one across from it. Then pick another one somewhat opposite and tighten it and then tighten across from it. Basically zig-zag back and forth. This ensures that theyíre evenly tight. Once you have them all tight go around them in order just to make sure you didnít accidently miss one.
How do I know itís actually tight?
Hold the shaft of the tire iron in your hand and step on the crosspiece. Put some muscle into it and when you canít turn it anymore itís as tight as it gets.
Of course if you are a fairly small person you might not be able to tighten it as much as a larger person.
Checking your spare tire PSI and winch operation should be on your BOV checklist. Itíd really suck to have a flat spare, or an inoperable winch or not have the tools to operate the winch.
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