Repair & Maintenance
How to Change a Tire
will have face a flat tire at least once in their lives. So becoming
familiar with the tools and methods on how to change a flat tire
is worth the time and effort to avoid becoming stranded, or relying
on an emergency vehicle.
Just like being
prepared for changing
a broken headlight, knowing how to change a flat tire on some
dark and stormy night is a very useful do-it-yourself survival skill
for any car owner to have.
How to change
a flat tire
Turn on your
hazard lights and slowly pull off the road. Find the most level
surface possible, avoiding soft areas or inclines. If you have
them in the trunk, place flares or traffic cones in front and
back of the car to alert other motorists that you're in distress.
in "Park" and your emergency brake on, or a put standard
transmission car in gear. If possible, place a wheel chock or
any heavy object (a brick or rock) in the diagonally opposing
wheel to prevent the car from moving.
the spare tire, tire iron and the jack from the trunk. Remove
the hub cap and use the tire iron to begin loosening the lug nuts.
This will almost certainly require a bit of strength! If necessary,
stomp down on the tire iron with your foot to release the lug's
grip. Just make sure you're stomping in a counterclockwise position.
Go ahead and loosen all the lug nuts, but do not remove the them
the jack under a safe jacking point (consult your owner's manual)
under the frame near the tire that you are going to change. Jack
up the car just enough so that the tire is off the ground, then
remove the lugs with the tire iron or by hand. Set the flat tire
aside, and be sure to place lugs in your pocket so they don't
spare tire on the hub, and align the tire with the wheel studs.
Once in place, screw each of the lug nuts back on by hand, then
finish tightening using the tire iron.
spare tire now securely in place, slowly lower the jack and pull
it away from under the car.
car now firmly on the ground, tighten the lugs again as much as
possible. Replace the hub cap, and you're on your way.
spare tires are only made for emergencies, most manufacturers
don't recommend driving on one for more than 50 miles. As soon
as possible, get to the nearest service station to get your flat
tire patched or replaced.
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For informational purposes only. For complete expert advice,
see your car dealership or professional auto mechanic.