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How to Change a Tire

Being stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire is never fun, but this tutorial will help you get back on the road in no time.

Difficulty: VERY EASY

Dont strip lug nuts

Make sure jack is rated for the weight of your vehicle.

Tools/Equipment Needed

Car Jack

Spare tire

Tire Iron

Step 1: Block tires

Make sure you are on a flat surface so that your vehicle doesnt roll on you and cause even more damage. Place a piece of wood or heavy object under a couple tires so that it wont roll.

Step 2: Remove spare tire and car jack

Remove your spare tire and jack, usually located in the trunk or if on a truck under the bed.

Step 3: Loosen lug nuts

Before jacking up the vehicle, loosen the lug nuts just a bit.

Step 4: Jack up vehicle

Place the jack under the vehicle in the appropriate place for the tire needing changed. Raise the vehicle off the ground about an inch, just enough to get the tire off.

Step 5: Remove lug nuts and tire

Once jacked up, remove all the lug nuts and remove the flat tire.

Step 6: Install spare tire

Install your spare tire and install lug nuts.

Step 7: Lower vehicle back to the ground

Lower the vehicle back to the ground and tighten the lug nuts fully in a star pattern.

Step 8: Remove wheel blocks

Remove the wheel blocks and place flat tire in trunk.

Step 9: Double check lug nuts

Always make sure to double check the lug nuts.

Step 10: Drive to a tire shop

Drive to a tire shop to get the flat tire repaired. Most spare tires you are limited to driving no more than 45 mph.

Category: Roadside | Updated: January 6th, 2013 at 8:01 PM | Created: January 6th, 2013 at 8:01 PM