Changing a Flat Tire



Have you ever driven down the road one day and your car starts to shake and make noises that make you feel uncomfortable? Flat tires always seem to come at inconvenient times. Don't panic. If you are in an area without an auto service center nearby, just follow these steps and you will be back on the road in no time.

Get Your Tools Ready
You will need a solid, level ground to work off from to keep your car from rolling away. If you are near a road, park as far away from traffic as you can and turn on your emergency flashers. Place a heavy object in front of the front and back tires. Take out your spare tire and jack and place the jack under the frame near the tire you are about to change. Then you can raise the jack until it is supporting the car.

Loosen The Lug Nuts
Remote your hub cap and loosen the nuts by turning it counterclockwise. Don't take them all the way off though; just break the resistance.

Jack Up Your Car
Crank the jack and lift it high enough to remove the flat tire and replace it with the spare tire. Make sure the car is stable as you lift. If there is any instability, lower the jack and fix the problem before you fully lift the car.

Take Out The Old and Put In The New
You can now remove the nuts the rest of the way. Turn them counterclockwise until they are loose. Repeat with all the lug nuts, then remove the nuts completely. Remove the bad tire and then place the spare tire on the hub.

Tighten The Nuts

Tighten the nuts until they are snug. Lower your car without applying all the weight on the tire and then tighten the nuts as much as you can. Completely lower your car to the ground and remove the jack. Finish tightening the nuts and then replace the hubcap. Put your old tire in your trunk and go to a mechanic so you can get a new full-sized tire put on as soon as possible.

A helpful tip would be to practice on your car in your driveway. By doing so, you will be familiar with the tools and process it takes to help you feel more comfortable when you end up in a situation where you really have to change a tire.

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