Being stuck with a flat tire is an invariably unpleasant experience, but you’ll make matters quite a bit better by knowing what to do when the time comes to change out your flat and put on your spare. To help you out, we’ve detailed just how to change a flat tire below.
First thing’s first: you’ll need to have a few essential tools on-hand if you want to change your tire. Be sure to keep all of the following in your vehicle just in case you should need to change a flat in a pinch: lug wrench, jack, spare tire, flashlight, gloves, and spare lug nuts. The DMV also recommends tire blocks, tire gauge, a tarp or mat for kneeling, and a poncho in case of inclement weather. Fix-a-flat™ and a portable tire inflator is also recommended for instances where a flat can be temporarily repaired.
On the occasion of getting a flat, pull off on the side of the road and try to make sure that you’re parked on as level a surface as possible. Turn on your hazard lights (particular if it’s dusk or later), and retrieve the tools from your trunk.
First, loosen the lug nuts on the offending wheel. You won’t want to remove them completely yet, but loosen them enough that you can remove the tire with relative ease. Next, find your vehicle’s jack point (consult your owner’s manual) and jack the car up until the tire is about six inches off the road.
From here, you’ll remove the lug nuts and the tire, pulling the latter straight toward you and setting it next to you on the shoulder. Then, line up the spare wheel with the lug nut posts and push it onto the wheel base. Once it’s secure, replace the lug nuts and tighten moderately, lower the vehicle to the ground, remove the jack, and tighten the lug nuts completely.
That should be it! If you have a flat and need a replacement, or if you need inflation and realignment, be sure to stop into Chip Wynn Motors.