How to Change A Flat Tire

It's scary to think about driving and suddenly have one of your tires go flat. That is why it is important to always have the proper tools and parts on hand in preparation for a flat tire. You will need the following items:

  • Car jack
  • Wrench
  • Spare tire
  • A flashlight (if it is dark)

After you notice that your tire has gone flat in the middle of your drive, the first thing you should do is find a safe spot to pull over. Please make sure you have your hazards on to signal your whereabouts to others. Once you've gathered your tools and spare, it's time to change the tire.

Step 1: Loosen the bolts on the wheels

Using the wrench, loosen the bolts on the wheel by turning them counter-clockwise. Do not remove the bolts all the way quite yet.

Step 2: Raise the car

Secure the jack at the proper points and turn the lever clockwise. Proceed to raise the car until it reaches approximately six inches off the ground.

Step 3: Pull off the tire

After the vehicle is raised, remove the bolts entirely and pull the tires.

Step 4: Put on the spare tire

Take the spare tire and put it in place of the old tire. Secure the bolts, but do not tighten them all the way.

Step 5: Lower the car

Turn the lever to lower the vehicle once again. Then, remove the jack.

Step 6: Tighten the wheel bolts on the spare

Now that your vehicle is leveled, you can finish tightening the bolts on the spare tire by twisting the wrench clockwise. Check your work to ensure the bolts are secure.

Now that you've completely changed your flat tire for the spare, it is important that you make your way to a tire service shop. Spare tires are only a temporary restoration and should not be driven for long periods.


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