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Changing a Tire

21 Apr Blog | Comments

Driving a car is a big responsibility, not only do you need to know all the road rules you also need to know the basics of maintaining your car. You should know where your car manual is, when you need to either change the oil or get the oil changed, how to add windshield wiper fluid, and very important you need to know how to change a tire. Knowing how to change a tire can save you from having to get your car towed, or from having the towing company come out to change it for you costing you money.

Let’s save you some money and learn how to change a tire:

Once you realize you have a flat tire it is important to find, if possible, a safe, flat and stable place to change it. The more level the location, the safer and easier it will be to get the job done.  You will want to make sure you park as far away from the oncoming traffic as possible and turn your emergency flashers on. You should also put the parking brake on and put the car into park.  Should you have a stick shift you will need to put your car into first gear or reverse.

The next step is to stabilize the car as much as possible by placing a heavy object like a rock or the spare wheel, in front of both a front and back tire. Get the spare tire out and also the jack. You will need to put the jack under the frame of the car, but as near to the tire as you can. It is very important to make sure you place the jack so it is contact with metal portion of your car’s frame.

After placing the jack you need to raise the jack up enough to support the car, but not lift it. Also make sure the jack is perpendicular to the ground. Then take off the hub cap and loosen the lug nuts by turning them counterclockwise. Do NOT remove them completely yet, you just want to loosen them. Once the lug nuts are all loosened you can crank the jack to actually life the tire off the ground next. It needs to be high enough to be able to remove the flat tire and put the spare on.

After removing the lug nuts the rest of the way go ahead and remove the tire that is flat, and place it under the vehicle just in case the jack fails. This will hopefully allow the car to fall on the tire instead of body parts, preventing you from getting injured. The next step is to put the spare onto the hub and put the lug nuts back on. It is extremely important to make sure you tighten ALL of the lug nuts as much as possible.

Lower the car down, but only to the point of it touching the ground, not putting the full weight of the car back to the ground. Tighten the lug nuts again, as much as possible. Then bring the car down to the ground fully, tighten those lug nuts one more time. Put the flat into your trunk and get yourself to a mechanic as soon as possible. Many times a tire can be repaired, again saving you money from buying a new tire.

Being able to change a tire is an important part of being a driver. The last thing you want to do is end up stranded somewhere, waiting for hours for a tow truck to come. Save yourself a ton of time and money by knowing how to take care of your car, and get yourself back on the road.


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