Whether you're running errands around town or enjoying a cross-country road trip, a flat a tire can quickly put a damper on the occasion. However, while a flat tire can be extremely inconvenient, be prepared for the situation can help minimize the impact on your day. Before your next outing, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the location and of the spare tires and tools.
To access the spare tire, the tire jack, and the toolset, open the rear liftgate and look for a looped tab in the middle of the floor right next to the opening. Pull up the floor by the tab to access the spare tire. The tire jack is in the center of the tire. And the tool bag is to the right or left of the tire. Remove the tire to access the plastic retaining bolt, which can be unscrewed by hand.
While not strictly necessary, it may be a good idea to keep a rain jacket or poncho, a small cut of wood (2x6 inches), a flashlight with batteries, and gloves. Wheel wedges and a reflective traffic triangle can provide an extra layer of safety.
If you've never changed a tire before, don't worry, the process is relatively straightforward. Bridgestone Tire has a tutorial here. The spare tire is not meant as a full-size tire and should only be used sparingly to help you get home. You must visit a mechanic for repair or replacement as soon as possible.
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