Published on July 1, 2016
Let’s face it, flat tires can make your heart drop. It’s even worse if you don’t even know how to change a tire. Even if you have roadside assistance, odds are they aren’t getting to you anytime soon. Plus, if it’s the weekend, you can have trouble finding a nearby tire shop that’s open on weekends.
Learning how to change a tire is very useful for you, and for those around you – if you ever see anyone who needs help, maybe you could be their saviour! Plus, knowing how to replace a tire can save you some hassle and money.
Here are the quick steps you need to know:
- Place a wheel chock or large rock in front and back of two other tires to prevent rolling.
- Remove the hubcap, if necessary.
- Loosen the lug nuts with a tire iron.
- Locate the pinch flange, which is where you will apply pressure with the jack to raise your car. The pinch flange is the strongest part of the car.
- Center the jack to the bottom of the car under the pinch flange.
- Raise the vehicle slowly, and enough to be able to take off the flat and insert the fully inflated spare.
- Remove all the lug nuts and put them in a safe place, because they are not easy to replace. Be cautious when removing the tire- it may be heavy.
- Usually, compact cars have a spare in the trunk, under the mat. Trucks and SUVs usually carry the spare on the back or under the vehicle. Finger-tighten the lug nuts before using the iron.
- Lower the jack, and be sure the lug nuts are as tight as can be.
- Tighten the lug nuts with the iron as much as possible, going clockwise. You can’t tighten them with the iron until the vehicle is lowered back to the ground.
- Finally, remove the jack, and re-apply the hubcap if needed.
It’s important to be prepared on the road, especially in a fast-moving world. Take simple steps to educate yourself on how to be safety-conscious on the road. Knowing simple ways to help yourself in case of emergency can prevent hassle and save you unnecessary expenses.
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