How to Change a Flat Tire

You’re driving along, minding your own business, and suddenly you hear a pop and a bang… your tire blew out. No big deal, you might think. How hard can it be to change a tire? The answer is – not very hard. However, if you don’t know what to do, it could be a long and painful process. Here’s how to quickly and easily change a tire and get back on your way!

Be prepared

Don’t wait until an emergency to stock up. Stock up your car now with all your necessities.

  • A Jack
  • A lug wrench
  • A fully inflated spare tire. Be sure to check the pressure in your spare every 6,000-8,000 miles to make sure it’s inflated to the proper PSI indicated in your owner’s manual.
  • Your car’s owner’s manual

It’s also a good idea to have other supplies stored in your vehicle to get your through any elements.

  • A flashlight – make sure the batteries are working
  • A spare coat
  • Gloves
  • 2 Small but sturdy pieces of wood to help keep the jack in place

How to change your tire

  1. Get to a safe place. Once you realize there’s an issue with your tire, keep calm. You don’t want to cause an accident by panicking and abruptly pulling your car over through traffic. Slow down and calmly find an open spot, preferably where the shoulder is wider. You’ll want straight, level ground as well so your car doesn’t roll off. If you don’t see a safe place nearby, put on your flashers and keep driving slowly until you feel safe.
  2. Use your flashers. Once you’ve parked, immediately put on your flashers, or hazard lights, so other drivers can see you.
  3. Use your parking brake. Whether you typically use your parking brake or not, you’ll want to in this case. This is the best way to avoid any chance of your car rolling.
  4. Remove the hubcap (if you can’t see your lug nuts) using the flat end of the lug wrench.
  5. Loosen the lug nuts by turning the lug wrench counterclockwise. This may take a lot of strength, but you’ve got it! Only loosen them at this time, don’t take them all the way off until the tire is off the ground.
  6. Jack it up. Put the jack beneath the frame by the flat tire. For exact placement, take a look at your owner’s manual. This will avoid any possible damage from the jack.
  7. Raise the vehicle until the flat tire is about 6 inches off the ground.
  8. Completely remove the lug nuts.
  9. Take off the flat tire.
  10. Place the spare tire on the lug bolts, and gently push the tire on until the bolts show through the rim.
  11. Put the lug nuts back on the lug bolts and tighten them with your wrench.
  12. Using the jack, slowly lower your vehicle until the spare completely on the ground.
  13. Double-check that the lug nuts are as tight as they can be.
  14. Check the pressure in your spare tire to make sure it’s at the proper PSI. This type of tire is a T-Type, or mini-spare. If it’s low, slowly drive to fill it up.

As soon as you can, bring your vehicle into Performance Auto to get a proper new tire installed! Please remember, spare tires are not meant to be driven for long distances or at high speeds, so you won’t want to drive on it for long.

Now you’re prepared in the case of a flat tire! You may find it helpful to practice this process before an emergency happens. We’d be more than happy to help, come on in any time!

Comments

  1. Thank you so very much for your tips on changing a flat tire. My tires are actually looking pretty worn down. I should probably get new ones before winter comes.

  2. Easy Steps to Change a Flat Tire :

    *Find a safe spot.
    *Turn on the flashers.
    *Prevent your car from rolling.
    *Consult the owner’s manual.
    *Find your spare tire.
    *Look for the required tools.
    *Take off the hubcap or wheel cover.
    *Loosen the lug nuts.
    *Position the jack under the car.
    *Lift the car with the jack.
    *Remove the lug nuts.
    *Take off the flat tire.
    *Put on the spare.
    *Screw on the lug nuts.
    *Ease the car back toward the ground.
    *Completely lower the car.
    *Put on the hubcap.
    *Check the tire pressure.
    *Pack up your tools.
    *Visit a tire pro.

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