10 Easy Steps to Changing a Tire
Here are 10 easy steps to change your tire like a pro and make sure you never get caught out again.
You’re driving along, and everything is fantastic. Your favorite music is playing on the radio, and all of a sudden BOOM! One of your tires bursts. You pull over on the side of the road and realize that wherever you’re going, you’re going to be late. Your job now is to make sure the rest of your day doesn’t get derailed.
Here are ten steps to getting back on the road as soon as possible:
1) Pull over in a safe place
Don’t just stay in your lane and block traffic. You’re looking for a safe area, with flat ground. That will make it easier to change the tire. Don’t forget to turn on your hazards. With any luck, someone will see them and offer to help. Before you get out of the car, take a deep breath and realize you’re about to get dirty.
3) First, start to loosen the lug nuts: Do not raise the car yet
This will make it more difficult. Instead, loosen each lug nut, but do not remove them. Use your muscle and brute force, the nuts may be stuck.
5) Remove the tire
It’s ok to remove all of the lug nuts. Be sure to remember where you put them. The video below goes through the details of jacking and removing your tire.
7) Slide the spare onto the wheel base
It should lock in. If you don’t push it on far enough, it won’t function, and may fall off. If you push it on until it won’t slide anymore, that’s probably far enough.
6) Put on the spare
Line up the holes on the tire rim with the lug nut screws. It should slide on with little difficulty if everything is correct.
9) Lower the car, and remove the jack
Gather all of your supplies, and the spare tire, and put them back in the trunk. It’s easy to forget things if you’re in a hurry.
8) Place the lug nuts on, and screw them in lightly
First, hand tighten them. Then make them snug with the wrench. You want to go in a star shape. For example, if there are 5 lug nuts, start at the top, then lower right, upper left, upper right, lower left.
10) Tighten the lug nuts fully
You want to make sure the lug nuts are as tight as possible. This will ensure that the tire won’t come off.
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Finally, Don't Forget:
Be sure to get a new tire put on as soon as possible. You’re replacement will be fine for a while, but you are going to want a pro to install a new one.