Getting a flat tire can be a frustrating experience. Normally they happen while you are on the go, and you are forced to pull over and deal with it. In this busy world, we don’t have the time to wait for someone else to come and fix the tire for us. Instead, it would be better if we could change the tire ourselves in just a few minutes, and then be on our way. If you are unsure on how to change a flat tire, we are here to help.
The first thing you want to do is make sure you are in a safe place to change the flat. If you are driving, pull over to the side of the road so that the flat will be facing away from traffic if you can. Also try and park the vehicle on flat ground to make changing the tire safer. Once you are into position, place the car in Park and put on the emergency brake. If you are on the road, also put on your hazard lights to alert other drivers that you will be working.
Next, you’ll want to get out all of your tools. These are normally located in the trunk of your car, but if you are unsure where yours are located, simply check the owner’s manual. You’ll need the emergency jack stand, and the lug nut wrench provided inside your car. Don’t forget to take out the spare tire as well, as you will be needing it soon. Place your tools on the ground near the flat tire so that they are accessible when you need them.
Now, lie down on the ground and take a look under the car near the flat. There will normally be a place marked as to where you should align the emergency jack. Grab your jack and place it underneath that spot. Crank it until it just touches the car, then leave it there for the moment. Now grab your tire iron and loosen the bolts on the wheel. This is going to take a little bit of force, so be sure to get some good leverage on the bar. Don’t take the bolts off all of the way, just loosen them so that they are easier to remove later. With the bolts loosened, you can now go back and start jacking up your car. Keep raising the jack until the tire is completely off of the ground.
With the tire off of the ground, go back and take the bolts off the rest of the way. Once they are off, slide the tire off and put it to the side. It may be a little stuck, so just give it a small kick if so. Now grab the spare tire and slide it into place. Put the bolts back on and tighten them as much as you can by hand. Lower the jack all the way back down to the ground, and slide it out from underneath the car. Go back and tighten all of the bolts with the tire iron as hard as you can. With that done, all you need to do is put your tools away, and you’ve successfully changed a tire!
Be sure to set an appointment to have a replacement tire installed as soon as you can. You don’t want to drive around on the spare tire for too long, because if you get another flat, you’ll be out of luck. Always make sure that the bolts to the spare tire are on as tight as you can, and that you are working in a safe place. Changing a tire is relatively easy, and it can save you a lot of hassle if you know how to do it. Good luck!