We all have been in a situation where we get a flat tire at home or in the middle of the road. But the number one thing you should do is remain calm because after reading this article, you will be able to change a flat tire in 11 easy steps.
11 Easy Steps To Change A Flat Tire:
Step 1: Pullover
Let’s say you are driving when suddenly you feel your tire has blown out on you. If you are on the freeway, take the nearest exist. Never stop in the middle of a freeway, because it can cause a car accident and you may get hurt.
Turn your hazard lights on and your preventive lights, so the cars driving past you know and slow down.
Step 2: Grab your tools
This is a piece of information that will change everything. Always have in your car’s trunk a jack, lug wrench, and a spare tire. These three things it’s all you will need to change your flat tire.
If you don’t know how to use a jack, you can read our past article here. Also, always check you have a spare tire in good condition, if it’s an old tire you had to replace once, it won’t work, because it’s already damaged.
Step 3: Action time
Grab the wrench, you need to start losing up the lug nuts. These little things are what keep your tire from not falling and keep moving. Turn them counterclockwise until you feel them loose, but do not take them out yet.
If you feel the lug nuts are too tight, this is perfectly normal, you may have to use more strength, find a good position to make the push.
Step 4: Lift the car
It’s time for the jack and your abilities to shine. The jack is used to lift the car off the ground. Before using it, we recommend you to check your car’s manufacturer manual to find out where you can place it.
Now, grab the jack, place it right under the place the manual indicated, and start cranking it until the flat tire is off the ground.
Step 5: See you later, lug nuts.
Now that the car is slightly over the floor and your flat tire is almost not touching the floor, you can start removing the lug nuts. Don’t lose them! You will need them to install the spare tire. Remove the damaged wheel too.
Step 6: Place the spare
Make sure to line up the spare tire the holes with the lug nut posts at the tire rim. Now, you will need to push it onto the wheelbase. This is the easiest step of all. Double-check if needed or if you don’t feel confident enough with your placement. Don’t worry, you got this.
Step 8: Hello again, lug nuts
Remember where you left the lug nuts? Bring them back because you need them. Now that the spare tire is secured and in position, you can start manually placing each lug nut in all the holes and tighten them manually, then, grab the wrench and tighten again until snug.
This step is very important, you have to pay extra attention to what you are doing, that you aren’t missing a lug nut and that you tighten them well, because if you don’t when you start driving again, you may feel a little vibration, which can lead into your wheel falling off your car.
Step 9: Lower the car
Now that your new tired is secured and well installed, you can start lowering the car back to the ground. Once it’s fully down, you can remove the jack from under the vehicle.
Step 10: Double tighten
We recommend you to do another round of tightening the lug nuts, make sure that those pieces aren’t moving until the next time you need to change the tire.
Remember, it’s very important to tighten well since it will keep the wheel attached to the car while driving. You don’t want any car accidents.
Step 11: Check the air pressure
This is step is essential too. Once the spare tire is ready to ride, check the tire pressure to make sure that it is safe to drive on. If you don’t know how much it’s needed, you can check the placard located at the side of the driver’s door.
If you notice, it indeed needs some air, we recommend you to drive slowly until the next service station as soon as possible.
And that’s it, this whole process shouldn’t take you more than 15 to 30 minutes to change a tire. Just make sure you don’t leave out any steps above mentioned.
As you could read, changing a flat tire is not difficult or complicated at all, you just need to have the necessary tools and do it. You can practice at home, even if you don’t have a flat tire, just practicing with the jack and wrench, will prepare for the day that you will need to do it for real.