Ever Wondered How to Change a Flat Tire? Here Are the Steps
If you drive a car, chances are you’ve had it happen–a flat tire. To the motorist in the know, changing a flat is as simple as automotive maintenance gets. But for someone who hasn’t changed a flat tire before and is now stranded on the side of the road… it can be a bit daunting. Luckily, there are plenty of resources available to help drivers learn the process of how to change a flat tire, and the folks at Edmunds.com recently recorded the proper procedure, step by step. Take a look. RELATED: Watch These 8 Ways You Shouldn't Tow a Car
Before you start heaving on those lug nuts, make sure your car is parked on a flat surface with the transmission shifted into “Park” and the parking brake set. If you’re on the side of a roadway, turn on your hazard lights. Next locate your spare tire, jack, and wrench. In most cases, the spare will be located in the trunk, on an external rear carrier, or in the case of a pickup truck, underneath the bed.
Use the wrench to loosen the lug nuts, but don’t start fully taking them off yet. Place the jack underneath the designated jack point on your car’s underside (see owner’s manual), and beginning raising it up until the flat tire fully elevates off the ground. Next, remove all of the lug nuts, lift the wheel off its studs, and replace the flat tire with the spare. Place the lug nuts back on the studs and tighten them a full turn or so, enough to ensure the spare won’t slide off.
Begin lowering the jack and bringing the spare tire down to the ground. Once the spare is resting on the ground, you can fully tighten the lug nuts, alternating across opposite sides of the bolt pattern for best effect. Once the spare is tight, you can put the flat tire away. Just make sure not to exceed the speed limits recommended on your spare tire if it isn’t a full-size spare–those types of tires are not permanent fixes.
Now you know how to change a flat tire! As always, be safe!
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