Having a flat tire and a dead, or near to dead, car battery, are two of the most frequent car trouble Houston car owners have to deal with on a daily basis. Even though these are extremely common issues, not everyone knows how to handle them or feels confident enough to try.
Here are a few steps that will turn such ordeals into mere inconveniences instead of day-wreckers.
- Get assistance from a friend who has a car with a working battery, put it in front of your car, hood to hood.
- Pop two hoods open and make sure both cars are off.
- Get your jumper cables and untangle them.
- Attach one end of the red cable to the “+” side of your dead battery, the other end to the “+” side of the good battery.
- Attach one end of the black cable to the “-” side of the good battery.
- Attach the other end of the black cable to a section of unpainted metal on the car with the dead battery.
- Important: make sure the red and black cables don’t touch one another once the first cable has been attached.
- Turn on the engine of the good car, wait a few moments, and then try turning on the dead car.
- Put the equipment away and close both hoods.
How to Change a Flat Tire?
- Make sure your car is out of harm’s way.
- Remove the hub cap, take out the lug wrench, and loosen the lug nuts.
- Position the jack under your car (consult car manual if unsure of exact position), and lift your car.
- Remove the lug nuts, take off the flat tire, put the new tire in its place, and tighten the lug nuts.
- Lower your car, put all equipment away, and drive for a couple of hundred yards.
- Retighten the lug nuts and place the hubcap back in place.
- Go to your car mechanic for further treatment.
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