14 Simple Steps To Change Your Flat Tire.
How To Change A Tire- These 14 simple steps will help you change tire anywhere, anytime, without any professional help.
Have you ever faced your car with a flat tire and been stranded on the side of the road?
Do you want to change a tire on your own without requiring assistance?
Fortunately, changing a tire is a relatively simple process if you’re prepared and willing to put in some work.
- To change your tire, look for a flat, safe, and secure spot. You’ll need a stable, flat surface to keep the automobile from rolling away. If you’re near a road, pull over as far as you can and activate your emergency flashers (hazard lights). Soft ground and hills should be avoided.
2. Put the parking brake on and the car in “Park” mode. Put your car in first or reverse if you have a regular transmission.
3. Place a hefty object in front of the front and back tires (e.g., a boulder, concrete, a spare wheel, etc.).
4. Remove the spare tire as well as the jack. Place the jack beneath the frame near the tire you’ll be changing. Make sure the jack is in touch with the metal frame of your vehicle.
- Remove the spare tire as well as the jack. Place the jack beneath the frame near the tire you’ll be changing. Make sure the jack is in touch with the metal frame of your vehicle.
- Most current unibody automobiles have a small notch or mark immediately behind the front wheel wells or just in front of the rear wheel wells, where the jack is supposed to go.
- Place the jack on one of the frame beams just behind the front tire or in front of the rear tire on most trucks or older automobiles with a frame.
5. Raise the jack until it can support (but not raise) the vehicle. The jack should be securely fastened to the vehicle’s underbelly. Make sure the jack is parallel to the ground.
6. Turn the nuts counterclockwise to unscrew the hubcap. Break the resistance rather than removing them completely. When loosening the nuts, keep the wheel on the ground to ensure you’re turning the nuts rather than the wheel.
- Use your car’s wrench or a regular cross wrench. The opening on the ends of your wrench may be of various diameters. A properly sized wrench will slide over the nut without rattling.
- Keep the exact socket size for your lug nuts as well as a breaker bar in the trunk to prepare for any unexpected tire changes.
- To break your lug nuts out, you’ll need a lot of force. If everything else fails, stomp on the wrench or use your body weight (be sure you turn it the correct way – counterclockwise). However, if you use your entire weight or stomp on the lug nuts, you risk stripping them because it’s difficult to maintain complete contact.
7. To pull up the tire off the ground, pump or crank the jack. Lift the vehicle high enough to remove the flat tire and replace it with a spare.
- Make sure the car is stable as you hoist it. Lower the jack and correct the problem before entirely raising the vehicle if you notice any instability.
- If the jack is leaning or lifting at an angle, lower it and readjust it to raise straight up.
- It will be better to maintain a tiny jack stand in the vehicle if the jack breaks down during the tire replacement. In the case of a jack failure, using both the small and regular jacks will keep you safe.
8. Continue to remove the nuts until they are entirely removed. To loosen them, turn them counterclockwise. Rep with the remaining lug nuts, then remove them thoroughly.
- Some automobiles have reverse threaded lug nuts, which are uncommon. These are mainly older Chrysler and GM vehicles.
9. The tire should be removed. Place the flat tire under the car so that the vehicle will fall on the old wheel if the jack fails, possibly avoiding injuries.
- There should be no issues if the jack is set on a flat, firm foundation. Due to corrosion, the tire may become stuck. To loosen the tire, try pounding the inside half with a rubber mallet or pounding the outside half with the spare tire.
10. Place the spare tire on the rim of the wheel. Before putting on the lug nuts, make sure the spare tire’s rim is aligned with the wheel bolts. Make sure the spare tire is installed correctly and not backward.
- A doughnut tire’s valve stem should face outwards, away from the vehicle. If your car has acorn-style lug nuts, these are very simple to install backward. When tightening the nut, make sure the tapered part is facing the wheel.
11. Hand-tighten the nuts until they’re all snug. At first, they should turn effortlessly. Tighten the nuts as much as possible with the wrench in a star pattern. Don’t tighten the bolts one at a time to ensure the tire is balanced. Giving each nut a complete turn until they are equally tight, go around the tire in a star pattern, one nut across another.
- If you use too much force, the jack may become unbalanced. Once the car is down and there is no danger of falling, tighten the lug nuts again.
12. Reduce the car’s height without putting all of your weight on the tire. As much as possible, tighten the nuts.
- Remove the jack and fully lower the automobile to the ground. Replace the hubcap after you’ve finished tightening the nuts.
14. Take the old tire to a repair in your trunk. Obtain a repair estimate. They can dispose of the tire appropriately and sell you a replacement if it is not repairable.