How to Change Flat BMW Tiresby Vincent Labbate
Many BMW tires are run-flats, which means you can continue driving your car even when a tire becomes punctured and until a service station is reached. Older BMW models do not have run-flat tires and therefore must be changed on the spot if the tire becomes flat. Changing a BMW flat tire only takes about 20 minutes.
Place the lug nut wrench on each lug nut one at a time. Apply counterclockwise, downward force with your foot to loosen each lug nut. BMW wheels generally each have five lug nuts. Loosen the lug nuts before jacking the car up so that the wheel does not spin while suspended in the air.
Place the jack under the chassis of the BMW closest to the tire that needs to be replaced. The jack should be placed on a hard, even surface so that it holds the car up sturdy enough for the tire to be replaced.
Jack the car up so that it is suspended 6 to 8 inches off the ground.
Remove the lug nuts and place them on the side to be used later on once the new tire is in place.
Remove the new tire from the trunk or underneath the vehicle as stated in the BMW owner's manual for that model. Place the flat tire in the trunk.
Place the new tire on the BMW and screw in the lug nuts by hand so that they hold the wheel in place while the car is jacked down. Jack the car down and place the jack back in the designated area of the vehicle.
Tighten the lug nuts using the lug nut wrench. Place the wrench back in the designated area of the vehicle. Drive to the nearest service station to have the flat tire repaired.
- Loosen the lug nuts with the wrench before jacking the BMW up to prevent the wheel from spinning or the jack from sliding out.
- Alert other motorists that you are fixing a flat by putting on the hazard lights in the vehicle and placing any reflective cones behind the vehicle.
- Roll the new tire from the trunk or designated area to reduce back injury from occurring.
Items you will need
- Lug nut wrench
- Car jack
- Heat and flat tire image by Vladimir Jovanovic from Fotolia.com