How to Change a Flat Tire

How to Change a Flat Tire

Have you found yourself stranded on road for hours waiting for roadside assistance due to a flat tire? If the answer is yes, you could change things in your favor by learning how to change a flat tire. Keep reading and we’ll tell you how to! 

Items You Will Need

  • Jack

  • Lug wrench

  • Car owner’s manual 

  • A fully inflated tire

  • Wheel wedges 

Find a Safe Location to Park Your Car

Depending on the circumstances and location, you need to find a safe location to park your car. If you are learning how to change a flat tire, you can park the car in an empty parking spot. If you are stranded on a highway with a flat tire, you need to find a straight stretch of the road and park your car by the roadside. Make sure you switch on the hazard lights to ensure other drivers can clearly see your car.

Use the Wheel Wedges and Parking Brake 

The right place to place the wheel wedges in front of or behind the tires. Also, engage the parking brake to ensure the car does not roll on while changing a flat tire. 

Remove the Wheel Cover and Loosen the Lug Nuts 

If the lug nuts are covered by wheel cover, you need to remove the wheel cover. If not, you can directly loosen the lug nuts. Place the lug wrench on the lug nut and move the wrench in a counter-clockwise direction. You need to apply force or might be required to apply body weight to loosen the lug nuts. At this stage, you don’t have to remove lug nuts completely.

Place the Jack Under the Vehicle 

Read the car owner’s manual to understand the right jack placement to life the wheel. You need to place the jack under the body frame beside the wheel (with a flat tire). With the jack properly positioned, raise the vehicle up to six inches above the ground. 

Remove the Flat Tire

Now unscrew the lug bolts and remove them completely. Also, remove the flat tire. Take a fully inflated spare tire and mount the tire on the wheel. Put back the lug bolts and use your hands to tighten the bolts.

Remove the Jack

Lower the vehicle and ensure the tire is firmly placed on the ground. Remove the jack and put it back in the trunk.

Tighten the Lug Bolts

Take the lug wrench and tighten all lug bolts. After all lug bolts are tightened, put back the wheel cover 

Stow All Equipment

Put back all the equipment in its place. Check the pressure of the replaced tire. If the pressure is lower than the recommended amount, drive slowly to the nearest gas station and fill the air in the tire. 

Make sure you practice changing a tire in your driveway or garage to learn the skill. Once you are confident about changing a flat tire by yourself, you will never have to wait for road assistance to change a flat tire.