How to Change a Flat Tire
How to Change a Flat Tire
Swapping a flat tire by yourself will save you lots of time and you don’t have to wait for roadside assistance. Changing a flat tire is not rocket science and you can perfect the skill in a short amount of time. Here we have shown steps on how to change a flat tire.
Gather the Required Tools
Most things required to change a flat tire are provided with the car. You only need to purchase wheel wrenches from an auto shop. Make sure you have the following things inside your car:
A spare tire (fully inflated)
Car owner’s manual
Find a Safe Spot
You need to park your car at a safe spot before you change a flat tire. If you are at home, you can park the car at an empty parking slot and get started. If you are on a highway, you need to park the car at the roadside. Make sure the car is parked on a straight stretch of the road so drivers can see your vehicle clearly. For safety, turn on the hazard lights.
Engage the Parking Brake
Engage the parking brake to ensure the car does not roll while you change the flat tire. For added safety, you can use wheel wedges and place them at the front or behind the tires to prevent it from moving.
Remove the Hubcap
If your car’s wheels have hubcaps covering the lug bolts, you need to remove it. After removing the hubcap, you can access the lug bolts.
Loosen the Wheel Bolts
The wheel bolts should be fairly tight so be ready to use force to loosen them. Position the lug wrench and push the wrench in a downward direction(anti-clockwise) to loosen the bolts. Loosen all wheel bolts but do not remove them completely yet.
Place the Jack Under the Car
Safety comes first and you should ensure none of your body parts (hands or fingers) are under the car when raising the car with a jack. The first thing you should do is place the jack in the right position under the car. When changing a flat tire, the jack should be placed under the body frame adjacent to the wheel with a flat tire. Most car frames have notches for jacks that are easy to locate.
Raise the Car with Jack
Once you have placed the jack in the right position, raise the car up to six inches off the ground. You should ensure the flat tire is not touching the ground. After raising the car with the jack, remove the lug bolts completely.
Swap the Flat Tire
Remove the flat tire and put an inflated tire in its place. Put all lug bolts and tighten them with your hand.
Lower the Vehicle
Lower the vehicle and ensure the newly changed tire is touching the ground in the right manner. Tighten all lug bolts. You need to turn the lug wrench in a clockwise direction to tighten lug bolts. Remove the jack.
Knowing how to change a flat tire is incredibly helpful. It is a pretty simple task that can be perfected with some dedicated effort and practice. After you have learned the steps to changing a flat tire, try changing a tire in your garage or driveway to build confidence.