There’s no way around it, flat tires suck. No one wants to get one, so it is important to take precautions to prevent it from happening. But what if it does happen? Do you know how to change a flat tire?
Surprisingly, a lot of people do not know how to change a flat. But that’s okay, we are here to help! Keep reading below for a simple step by step guide on how to change out a flat tire.
13 Simple Steps to Change a Flat Tire
Each vehicle should come with a spare tire, wrench, jack and vehicle owner’s manual which are all needed for changing a spare tire so be sure to keep these items in your vehicle. Some items that are helpful but do not come with your vehicle are gloves, wheel wedges and a flashlight. It is always better to be prepared so be sure to keep all these items in your vehicle.
If you get a flat tire, be sure to pull off to a safe area away from surrounding traffic. If there is not a shoulder to pull off on, keep moving slowly until you can get to a side road or a parking lot then follow the steps below.
- Park your vehicle and apply the parking brake with the hazard lights on.
- Place the wheel wedges on the opposite tires from the flat.
- Remove the wheel cover of the flat and loosen the lug nuts with the wrench. Do not remove the lug nuts.
- Reference your vehicle owner’s manual for where to place the jack under your vehicle. Then raise the vehicle until the flat tire is approximately six inches off the ground.
- Finish unscrewing the lug nuts and remove them.
- Remove the flat tire and place in the back of the vehicle.
- Place the spare tire by lining it up with the lug bolts.
- Replace the lug nuts and tighten them by hand. Do not tighten them with the wrench yet.
- Slowly lower the jack until the tire is back on the ground.
- Tighten the lug nuts in a star-formation with the wrench and remove the jack.
- Replace the wheel cover.
- Remove the wheel wedges and store all equipment.
- Check the tire pressure of the spare. Stop at a nearby gas station to add more pressure if needed.