How to Change a Flat Tire

How to Change a Flat Tire

Changing a flat tire is one of the important skills that every driver should know. If you don’t know how to change a flat tire, you have to depend on other people’s help, which might not be easily available when you are away from home. Here we have discussed steps of how to change a flat tire.

Things You Will Need

  • Car owner’s manual

  • Lug wrench

  • Jack 

  • Fully inflated spare tire

These things come with the car. You might also need a few things like: 

  • Wheel wedges

  • Small piece of wood measuring two inches by six inches to stabilize the jack

Park Your Car at a Safe Location 

Once you realize the car has a flat tire, look for a safe location to park the car. Level ground is a safe place to park your car and change the flat tire. If you are practicing at home, you can park the car in an empty parking lot. If you are changing the flat tire on a highway, look for a straight stretch of road where other drivers can see your car clearly. 

Apply the Parking Brake

Always use the parking brake when changing a flat tire. This is a safety measure that will prevent the car from rolling.

Turn on the Hazard Lights 

Turn on the hazard lights which will ensure the drivers can see your car clearly on the side of the road. 

Apply Wheel Wedges 

Wheel wedges are placed in the front or behind the tires. This is an additional precaution to ensure the vehicle does not roll when you are changing a flat tire. 

Remove the Wheel Cover 

To access the lug nuts, you need to remove the wheel cover. If the lug nuts are exposed you can go directly to the next step

Loosen the Lug Nuts

Take the lug wrench and turn the lug nuts counterclockwise until you feel the resistance has gone completely. You might have to use your body weight or force to loosen the lug nuts. You just need to loosen the lug nuts don’t remove them completely

Place the Jack Under the Vehicle

You need to place the jack under the body frame alongside the flat tire. You can find the instructions in the car owner’s manual.

Raise the Vehicle with the Jack

To prevent the jack from coming off the balance, place a piece of wood beneath the jack before raising the vehicle with the jack. Raise the vehicle until it is six inches above the ground. 

Remove the Lug Nuts and Change the Flat Tire 

Unscrew the lug nuts and remove them completely. Then remove the flat tire and mount the inflated spare tire in its place. Plug back the lug nuts and tighten them by hand

Lower the Vehicle

Lower the vehicle and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Remove the jack and place it back in the trunk.

You need to practice changing a tire in your garage or driveway and perfect the skill as you never know when you will need it. This will prepare you to handle the situation confidently whenever you face the problem of a flat tire.