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How to Change a Flat Tire

Many drivers rely on roadside assistance, but there might be a time when you might be forced to do it yourself!

Tools you will need to change a tire:

Spare Tire

Jack

Lug Wrench

Wheel Wedge or Chock

 

The spare tire, jack and lug wrench are vital and should all come with your vehicle. If any of these are missing, it is important to replace them as soon as possible.

 

Here are steps to changing your flat tire:

1 – Find a safe spot. In the event that your tire becomes flat while you are on the road, slow down, put on your hazards and find a safe place to pull off to and change your tire. Changing a tire on a flat, level paved road is ideal.

2- Remove your spare and the tools you will need from your car.

3- Place wheel wedge against a tire opposite the flat. To keep your vehicle secure while it is on the jack.

4- Loosen, do not remove, the lug nuts using the lug wrench.

5- Move the jack underneath the car. Reference your car’s manual for the proper location and how to work your jack.

6 – Expand the jack until the flat tire is approx. 6 inches off the ground.

7- Unscrew and remove the lug nuts. Place them somewhere safe because you will need them to secure your spare in place.

8- Remove the flat tire from the hub, by grabbing it securely with both hands and pulling toward you. Set it aside.

9 – Align your spare tire with the exposed lug bolts. Push it into place.

10- Place the lug nuts on the exposed lug bolts and tighten by hand.

11 – Lower jack carefully until the spare touches the ground. Remove the jack.

12- Tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Put your weight into it to make sure they are really tight.

13- Check the pressure of your spare. If you do not have a tire gauge, drive to the closest gas station and check to make sure it is safe to drive.