One of the biggest inconveniences you can experience in your driving career is dealing with a flat tire. But an even bigger inconvenience is not knowing how to change your own tire; especially if you ever find yourself stranded and without roadside assistance. While any auto collision repair shop can change that flat for you, it’s still an essential talent every driver should know. By following these steps, you will be able to remove and replace your flat tire in no time!

The first thing you’ll need to do is park your car on a flat surface. If at all possible, you should move your car away traffic and to a safe location. Be sure to use your emergency brake once you’ve moved your car to a safe location.

Next, you will need to remove the hubcap. If your car comes with a hubcap, you’ll need to remove it so you can get to the lug nuts.

After this, you should then take out your lug wench (again, most every make and model should be equipped with this tool) and loosen the nuts from the hubcap.

The best way to remove the lug nuts is to turn the nuts counterclockwise. The lug nuts will be pretty tight on your hubcap, so you’ll need to use all of your strength to unscrew them. Whatever you do, do not take off any of the nuts at this time; wait until your car has been jacked.

Place the emergency carjack underneath your car and turn the crank near the end of the jack to raise it until it matches your car’s frame. Before you do this, it’s a good idea to look through your owner’s manual so you know the correct placement of your jack.

Next, you’ll need to begin cranking the jack until your wheel is high enough for you to remove the tire. It is possible to do this by hand, after you have removed the lug nuts from your flat tire. Hang on to those lug nuts because you are going to need to place them on the spare tire.

Get rid of the flat tire by swapping it for the spare likely located in your trunk. Insert your spare tire in place of the flat tire. Once you’ve replaced your flat tire, you’ll need to align the spare and tighten your lug nuts and bolts; the tire should then slide right on.

Once your new tire is securely replaced, you’ll need to lower the hand jack until your wheel hits the ground safely. If all goes as planned, you’ll be back on the road in no time!

 

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