Side view of flat tire on white car

Side view of flat tire on white car

Getting a flat tire is inevitable if you own a car. It’s essential to know how to change a tire, so you’re not stranded on the side of the road. Keep reading for some tips on how to change a flat tire.


Tips for Changing a Flat

  1. Park your car in a safe location. Ensure you’re not blocking traffic and that your vehicle is in park with the emergency brake engaged. Once you’ve found a safe spot, turn on your hazard lights.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts before you jack up the car. You’ll want to use a wrench or socket to do this. It’s important to loosen the lug nuts before jacking up the car because it will be difficult to do once the car is off the ground.
  3. Place your jack under the vehicle. The jack should be placed under the car’s frame close to the wheel that needs to be changed.
  4. Raise the vehicle off the ground until the tire is about six inches off the ground.
  5. Remove the lug nuts and take off the flat tire. Set them aside so you can put them on the spare tire later.
  6. Put on your spare tire and slowly lower your vehicle to the ground.
  7. Tighten your lug nuts as much as possible by hand, so they’re snug but not too tight—you’ll also want to use a wrench or socket.
  8. Drive slowly to your nearest service station so you can have your spare tire checked and replaced if necessary and have your lug nuts checked for proper torquing.


Now you know how to change a flat tire! It’s not as difficult as it seems, but it’s important to remember to drive slowly until you can get your spare tire checked and replaced if necessary by a professional.


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