How To Change Flat Tire
If you’ve never changed a flat tire before and you want to go it alone, we’ve put together five steps for a DYI tire change. But, we do highly recommend if you are on a busy highway, you give us a call to help. Before we go into the steps, there are a few essentials things you should know. Make sure to pull off the road in a flat location with enough room for you to walk around your car. Turn on your flashers to notify other motorists to prevent you from being hit by a passing motorist. You will need to apply the emergency brake and place a large rock or brick behind the opposite tire. Not the flat tire.
First,open up your trunk to locate your spare and jack. Most vehicles store the spare in the underneath compartment of the truck. If you didn’t find it in your spare in the trunk, refer to your vehicle handbook. Unfortunately, newer vehicles do not come with a spare tire.
Second, remove your hub cap, then use your lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts on the flat tire. You will want to loosen the lug nuts before lifting your vehicle with the jack. Be sure just to loosen the lug nuts. Do not remove them. If the lug nuts are stubborn, use your foot or knee as leverage on the lug wrench.
Third, now you are ready to lift the vehicle with your jack. Be sure to position your jack on the frame of your vehicle. Your manual will provide a specific location for proper placement. Place your jack in a flat secure location under the frame, then turn the handle in a clockwise rotation until it meets your vehicle. Now you use the jacks handle to raise the jack in a clockwise rotation until your tire is several inches off the ground.
Fourth, now that you have the vehicle lifted, you can remove the lug nuts. The best way to keep track of your lug nuts is by placing them on your hub cap. Then you can remove your flat tire, put it on the side of your vehicle and replace it with your spare tire. Put your lug nuts back on your bolts. Tighten your lug nuts by hand, then tighten them with your lug wrench to ensure they are secure.
Fith, lower your vehicle by turning the jack counterclockwise. Once you have the tire back on the ground, remove the jack. Remove the jack from underneath the vehicle and once again tire each lug nut to be sure they are secure enough to drive your vehicle. Now that your tire change is complete, place the jack, lug wrench, hub cap, and flat tire back into the trunk of your vehicle.