Changing a vehicle’s tire is something all drivers should be able to do. In this week’s blog, Quanz Auto Body gives a step-by-step guide to changing a vehicle’s tire so you are never left feeling helpless on the side of the road because of a flat.
Steps to Changing a Vehicle’s Tire
With the following steps, you should be able to change a flat tire easily and with confidence:
Step 1: Stop your vehicle in a safe spot, off the road. Never change a tire on a hill or incline, always seek a flat surface away from traffic when possible (even if you have to drive a little ways on the flat tire).
Step 2: Use a screwdriver and pry the wheel cover off the tire. When you apply a little leverage, the cap should pop off.
Step 3: Loosen the lug nuts on your vehicle, but do not remove them completely. Just get them loose enough that you can remove them by hand when needed.
Step 4: With a proper jack, lift your vehicle about six inches from the ground. Make sure you are placing the jack in the right location for your vehicle. Your vehicle’s owner manual can help.
Step 5: Remove the lug nuts that you loosened earlier and put them in a safe place to find later. Next remove the flat tire from the wheel.
Step 6: Put the spare tire on the lug bolts. This can be heavy, so make sure to lift with your knees and not your back.
Step 7: Next you will want to replace the lug nuts and tighten them by hand. Wait to use the wrench to tighten them until you have the vehicle secured back on the ground.
Step 8: Lower the vehicle and remove the jack. Once you have it resting on the ground, use the wrench to tighten the lug nuts as much as you can.
Step 9: Now your new tire is on and you can replace the wheel cover or hubcap.
Always make sure you have the proper tools stored in your trunk or vehicle to change a tire when needed such as a car jack, tire tool (lug nut wrench), and a spare tire. Also, when airing up your vehicle’s tires, it is always a good thing to check the air gauge of the spare tire. The last thing you want is to put a flat spare tire on as a replacement.