How to Change Your Tire in a Pinch

Monday, April 5, 2021

Are you one of the 60% of people who don't know how to confidently change a tire? Don't worry, it's ok to admit it!

The truth is that learning how to change your tire is one of those things that you never really think about until it's too late. Fortunately, you've come to the right place for guidance.

Keep reading for tips on changing a tire at a moment's notice.

Let's roll!

Check Your Car for Supplies

In most cases, your car should come with the most basic supplies needed for changing a tire. However, 28% of new cars today don't come with a spare tire included. Before you drive your new car off the lot, make sure you double-check for a spare, so you know if you need to purchase one.

When you gather your supplies from your car, you'll need the following:

It's also a good idea to keep a flashlight in your car, in case you need to change a tire at night.

Prep Your Vehicle

First, make sure you can pull over to a safe spot to work on the tire. Never change a tire on a narrow shoulder, as you risk getting hit by a distracted driver. Instead, drive slowly until you can find a safe space, like an empty parking lot. If you can't find a safe space to change it yourself, consider calling a towing service instead.

Once you're in a safe location, you'll need to turn on your hazard lights, apply the parking brake, and apply the wheel wedges to make sure your vehicle doesn't roll while you're working on it.

Next, take off the hubcap or wheel cover, using the flat end of the lug wrench to pop it off. Then, you'll want to use the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts a bit, without completely removing them yet.

Raise the Vehicle

Now, you'll need to carefully place the jack under the frame of the vehicle, next to the flat tire. There should be a clear area of exposed metal under your car, specifically for placing the jack. Follow the instructions for using the jack as they're written in your owner's manual, to ensure your safety.

Remove and Replace the Tire

Once the car is raised, you can remove the lug nuts and pull the flat tire off from the hub. Lay it down flat so that it doesn't roll away from you.

Now, place the spare tire on the hub and put the lug nuts back on, tightening them as much as you can with your hand. Once they feel tight, you can use the jack to lower the vehicle so that the tire is just touching the ground, without the full weight of the vehicle on it, and tighten the lug nuts again, this time with the lug wrench.

Once they're secure, you can fully lower the car back down and replace the hubcap. Finally, you should check the tire pressure in the spare to make sure it's safe to drive. Once it's in place, take your car to a service shop like B&M Auto immediately to get a new tire replacement.

Now You Know How to Change Your Tire

After reading the steps on how to change your tire, you should now feel prepared the next time you get a flat.

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