How To Change Your Tire Yourself

Don’t waste a call to AAA every time you get a flat tire; learn how to do it yourself. It’s easy once you know how. This is a basic how to guide to getting it done yourself:







Pull over safely:

Take the next exit if it’s not too far away. If it is, scoot as far towards the edge of the shoulder as you can. The goal is to get out of the way of traffic. Make sure to turn on your hazard lights.

Loosen lug nuts:

Don’t take them off, just loosen them. Righty-tighty, lefty-loosey. If they’re screwed on too tight to loosen, position the wrench on them so that it sticks out and just stand on it.

Lift up vehicle:

Every car has a different spot to place the jack; look yours up in your owner’s manual. Once you’ve properly positioned the jack, lift your car up about 6 inches.

Remove lug nuts and tire:

Don’t lost your lug nuts; put them all together in a safe place. Pull the tire towards your body, it’s the easiest way to remove it.

Push spare on:

Move spare all the way towards the wheel base until it stops. Screw on the lug nuts, but not fully; make them just tight enough for the tire to stay on.

Lower Jack:

Crank down the jack until the car isn’t resting on it at all, then just pull it out.

Tighten lug nuts:

Go around tightening each lug nut about 50%. When you’ve come full circle, do one more round and tighten completely. Put your spare and other tools in your trunk, and you’re good to go.


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