How to Change a Tire
Have you ever been caught stranded because of a flat tire? If not, consider yourself lucky! It’s not terribly uncommon to run over a nail or some sort of sharp object leading to a flat tire. You especially don’t want that to happen in the wrong place at the wrong time. So, we are about to prepare you and believe it or not, it’s pretty simple. (It just requires you to exert a little effort.)
- Safety first! Turn on your hazard lights and be sure to do this as far from the traffic on the road as possible.
- Level land. Be sure that your vehicle is located on stable, level ground to prevent the vehicle from rolling.
- Use the brakes! Put your car in a parked position and place a rock or something of weight under each tire (to prevent the rolling.)
- Time for your tools! Now’s the time to pull out your spare tire and the jack. Place the jack under the frame near the tire that you plan to change. Double-check that the jack is in contact with the metal portion of your vehicle’s frame. * Read the owner’s manual for any questions you have regarding the correct place.
- Raise the jack until it is supporting the car. (Do not lift the car.) Make sure that it is perpendicular to the car and that it is firmly in place.
- Use the wrench that came with your car (or a standard cross wrench) to remove the hub cap and loosen the nuts (just enough to break the resistance). Now turn the nuts in a counterclockwise direction but do not actually remove them.
- Crank the jack enough to lift the tire off of the ground. Lift it high enough to remove the flat tire and replace it with the spare. *Be cautious of removing the tire.
- Remove the nuts completely.
- Remove the tire!
- Place the spare tire on the hub. Align the rim of the spare with the wheel bolts and then add your lug nuts.
- Tighten the nuts by hand until they are snug. Use the wrench to ensure tightness.
- Lower the vehicle without apply full weight on the tire. Now finish tightening your lug nuts.
- Lower the car to the ground all the way and remove your jack. Finish tightening the nuts one more time and replace the hubcap.
- Place your old tire in the truck and take it to your mechanic!
You should be all set but please, always refer to your Owner’s Manuel for clarification. Also, if you have a smart phone or connection to the internet with you while in the vehicle, you can always search for “ways to change your tire” and many options will be available for you to review.
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