Knowing how to change your vehicle's tires is a critical skill to have. You never know when you may find yourself dealing with a flat tire, and knowing how to get yourself out of that situation can be a lifesaver.
Changing your tire may seem like a daunting task, but in reality, it isn't as difficult for most as it may seem.
The first thing you want to make sure of is that you have the tools necessary to change your tire. You'll need:
- Spare tire - Lug wrench - Jack - Wheel wedge
As soon as you experience a flat, it is important to find a safe place to pull your vehicle over. Be out of the way completely of oncoming traffic, and drive slowly to minimize the damage to your wheel. Also, be sure to turn on your hazard lights right away.
As soon as you are pulled over safely, set your emergency parking brake. Exit your vehicle to get the damage and get out your tire changing tools to start the process. Be super careful at night.
Here is a step by step guide on how to change your vehicle's tire:
1. Take off hubcaps or wheel coverings.
2. Prepare to remove the tire by loosening the lug nuts. (The lug nuts will be completely removed in a later step.)
Never place any part of your body directly underneath the car.
3. Place the jack underneath your car. Most vehicles have a preinstalled notch for the jack to connect. Once you've secured the jack in place, begin jacking up your car until the tires are about 6 inches off the ground.
4. Now it's time to completely remove the lug nuts. Unscrew the lug nuts in a counterclockwise motion with the lug wrench and then with your hands.Once the lug nuts are completely removed, the next step is to remove your tire.
5. Remove the tire by tugging in a firm motion until the tire completely slides off the lugs. Once you've removed the damaged tire, place the tire aside or in the trunk for later repair or replacement.
6. Next, mount your spare tire by aligning the holes in the tire with the lugs. Slide the spare tire in place and fit snugly against the car. Tighten your lug nuts by hand. (You'll tighten the lug nuts completely in a later step.)
7. It's time to lower the vehicle back down to the ground and completely tighten the lug nuts. Use your body weight against the lug wrench to give the lug nuts more security.
8. Replace the hub cap or wheel coverings. Gather all of your tools and equipment. Check the air pressure on your spare tire. Take both tires to a tire service technician for repair, replacement, or service.
We hope that this guide will be helpful the next time that you need to change your tire. Remember, the spare tire is just to get your vehicle into a local auto repair shop. Driving on a spare for an extended period of time is not sustainable. Good luck and be safe on the road!