Getting a flat tire is somehow inevitable. It usually happens during the most inconvenient time and situation for you like when you’re late for a presentation, dressed up in your power suit with no one else to call for help. In desperate times like this, knowing how to change your tires is very crucial to your sanity.
Here are easy steps on how to change your tire.
- Be prepared
This is the first thing you should do. Preparation is key. Always bring a set of tools and spare tire in your trunk.
Here are some tools you need to pack in your bag:
- Mechanic gloves
- Tarp or floor mat
- Lug wrench
- Tire block
- Tire gauge
- Park in a safe spot
Move your car to the side as quickly as possible. Settle on a location that is far from traffic and passing vehicles. Maintain a position with a distance away from the road. Pick an area that is flat so you can easily jack up your car.
- Warn other vehicles
Replacing your tires on a busy street or a freeway is quite dangerous. Place a reflective triangle and turn on your hazard lights. This will serve as a warning to other drivers that you are encountering an issue with your car.
- Loosen the lug nuts
Place a tarp or floor mat on the ground so you can kneel next to your tire. Use the lug wrench to remove your flat tire and the pry bar to lift and take out the hubcap.
- Use the wrench
Turn the lug nuts counter-clockwise until they become loose enough to be removed.
- Jack up your car
Secure the jack in the right position and lift your vehicle at least 6 inches from the ground.
- Remove the lug nuts
Use the lug wrench to remove the lug nuts. Store the nuts in a safe and convenient place where you can easily place it back after changing the tire.
- Replace the flat tire with the spare tire
Remove your old tire and change it with the spare tire in your trunk.
- Place back the lug nuts
Make sure the nuts can hold the spare tire.
- Lower the car to the ground
Use the jack to bring down your vehicle and remove the jack from the car.
- Tighten the lug nuts
Now that your car is placed on the ground, you can now tighten the lug nuts in a clockwise pattern until they are secure.
- Clean as you go
Use the KevianClean Wheel Cleaner to protect your wheel from smudges, dust, grease, and other road contaminants.
- Drive carefully
Your new spare tire does not have the same handling and longevity as your regular tire, you should be careful in driving. Get it repaired or replaced right away.
- Put back all tools in your car
Make sure you don’t leave any tools behind.