A flat tire is frustrating and can happen to anyone, that's why knowing how to change a tire is an essential skill for every driver. In this blog, we will guide you through the steps you need to follow to change a tire.
Before you begin, you will need the following items:
- Spare tire
- Lug wrench
- Jack/jack stand
- Wheel chock or a brick
Now, follow these steps to change a tire:
Step 1: Find a Safe Location
The first step is to find a safe location to change the tire. Look for a level surface away from traffic, and turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers.
Step 2: Use the Wheel Chock
Place the wheel chock or brick behind the tire diagonally opposite to the flat tire to prevent the car from rolling.
Step 3: Loosen the Lug Nuts
Loosen The lug nuts with the lug nut wrench. Don't remove them yet, just loosen them enough so that they can be turned by hand.
Step 4: Position the Jack
Place the jack under the car's frame or designated jacking points, and raise the car until the flat tire is just off the ground.
Step 5: Remove the Lug Nuts
Now that the car is safely raised, remove the lug nuts from the flat tire and place them somewhere safe.
Step 6: Remove the Flat Tire
Gently pull the flat tire off the car and place it aside.
Step 7: Install the Spare Tire
Line up the spare tire with the wheel studs and push it onto the car. Tighten the lug nuts by hand until they are snug.
Step 8: Lower the Car and Tighten the Lug Nuts
Using the jack, lower the car so that the spare tire is firmly on the ground. Then, use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts as much as possible in a star pattern.
Step 9: Lower the Car Fully
Use the jack to lower the car completely to the ground and remove the jack.
Step 10: Check the Lug Nuts
Use the lug wrench to check the tightness of each lug nut. Make sure they are all secure and tightened properly.
Now that you have successfully changed the tire, make sure to have the flat tire repaired or replaced as soon as possible. It is also a good idea to have your spare tire inspected and maintained regularly, so it's ready for use when you need it. Remember, changing a tire is a simple task, but it can be dangerous if not done properly, so take your time and follow the steps carefully.
Need Help With Your Tires?
Are you having trouble changing your tires? Or maybe you don't have the time to do it yourself. We have good news because we can help! At Davenport Motor Company we offer everything from tire changes to 30/60/90k service. If you would like to book an appointment or have any questions, you are welcome to call (972) 612-3377 or (817) 251-0500!