How to Change a Tire on Your Volkswagen Passat
Knowing the ins and outs of your new 2016 Volkswagen Passat is an important thing and can save you some major headaches in the future. A headache that you may encounter in the future is a flat tire. It is important that you know how to change a tire on your Volkswagen Passat — or any vehicle for that matter. It is an intimidating process that when you boil it down to the basics it really quite simple. Follow the steps below to find out what to do when you get a flat tire.
Step 1: Know Where Your Jack, Spare Tire and Tool Set Are Located
Generally a pretty simple step, it is important to know where to get the necessary equipment for changing a flat tire, including your spare tire, a jack and the tool kit. Chances are these items are located in your trunk, but you still want to consult the owner’s manual for any additional safety concerns.
Step 2: Make Sure Your Car is in a Safe Place
If you get a flat tire, it is vital that you get to a safe location where you can change your tire, such as a parking lot. First, make sure you are on level ground and in park. Volkswagen models with an automatic transmission should be put in park, while manual models need to be left in neutral. Ensure that the parking brake is on and you block the tires before you get started.
Step 3: Loosen Lug Nuts and Remove Hub Caps
Before you can really get started, you may need to remove the hubcap and lug nut covers on your Volkswagen if it is not equipped with alloy wheels. A special pin will be included in your tool kit for this situation. Be sure to loosen the lug nuts with the tire iron before you raise the vehicle with the jack.
Step 4: Use the Jack to Lift Your Volkswagen
Next, you will need to get your jack out and place it at one of the recommended lift points marked on the underside of your vehicle — make sure to use the lift point closest to the tire being replaced. Lift the jack slowly so that you can ensure it is firmly on the lift point and then crank the jack until the flat tire clears the ground and you have room to put the spare tire on. Remove the loosened lug nuts and put the flat tire in the trunk.
Step 5: Put the Spare Tire On Your Volkswagen
Put the spare tire on the car and hand tighten the lug nuts. Lower the car onto the ground and use the tire iron to tighten the lug nuts firmly. When you are tightening the lug nuts, do it in an alternating star pattern. This will ensure that the tire is on straight. If you use a torque wrench, make sure that the bolts are tightened to the specifications in your vehicle owner’s manual.
Chances are that if you drive long enough, you will have to change a flat tire and by knowing how to change a tire on your Volkswagen Passat, you can save yourself some major headaches. While we used the redesigned Volkswagen Passat as an example for this blog post, the same principles apply to the whole Volkswagen model lineup. Consult your vehicle owner’s manual for any specifics to your model.