A flat tire is one of the most frustrating occurrences that can happen to a driver. One minute you’re cruising down the road and the next you’re stuck on the side of it, stressing about the delay in your plans. Luckily, a flat tire only needs to be a minor problem if you have the proper equipment to deal with it immediately and a reliable mechanic. Here’s our step-by-step guide on changing your tire.
- Make sure you have the proper equipment. Never leave home without a spare tire, a jack and a lug wrench. You should check your spare tire every few months or so just to make sure it’s not flat.
- Pull over to the side of the road put your flashers on. Don’t park in the middle of the curve or on a hill. It’s easiest to change your tire on a flat surface.
- Use the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts. Don’t take them off completely, just loosen them.
- Secure the jack in place. You will have to consult your owners manual for this, as different cars have different places to put the jack. Once the jack is in place, jack up the car until the tire is about 6 inches off the ground.
- Take the lug nuts off and pull the tire off the car. Don’t lose the lug nuts and keep them all in a pile. You’ll need them when it’s time to put the car back on.Just pull the tire straight toward yourself to remove it from the wheel base.
- Place the spare tire on the car.
- Put on the lug nuts. Remember when we told you not to lose them? This is why! You don’t need to tighten them all the way just yet. Just make sure they’re on tight enough that the tire won’t fall off.
- Use the jack to lower the car back down to the ground and remove the jack from the car.
- Tighten the lug nuts on the spare and return your tire and tools to the trunk of the car.
There you have it; how to change a tire on your car in less than 10 steps!
You can’t drive around on a spare tire very long so as soon as you can, bring your car into TLC so we can assess the damage and get your tire back in driving condition! Find out more about our tire services here.