How to Change a Flat Tire

March 5, 2018

One of the worst feelings is noticing that you’ve got a flat tire. Whether you’re driving and hear the tell-tale thumping noise from your wheels, or you are ready to leave for work and spot the deflated tire, it may feel like nothing could be more disheartening. However, keeping calm and knowing how to deal with the situation is the first step in correcting the problem. Read on to learn more about how to change a flat tire.

How to Change a Flat Tire

How to Prepare

Before you start replacing your tire, you’re going to want to get a few materials ready, and set yourself up to be successful. Your car should already be equipped with a spare tire and a jack, as well as a wrench that will help you remove lug nuts. Be sure to regularly check that your car has all of these items at all times. Keep the owner’s manual handy if necessary. You may also want to keep a pair of gloves to protect your hands, a flashlight with spare batteries, and a wheel wedge to ensure your car will stay in place as you remove the flat tire.

First, ensure that you’re in a safe location. Try your best to find level, flat ground that is as far away as possible from the main road. Do not park your vehicle on a blind turn or on a narrow shoulder. Even if you must slowly drive on your flat, bending the wheel rim is much better than risking your life. Make sure your hazards are flashing, apply wheel wedges, and double check that the parking brake is on. Now, you’re ready to begin!

Steps for Changing a Flat Tire

Here’s how you’ll change the tire:

  • Loosen lug nuts – Before you lift your car with the jack, loosen the lug nuts about half of the way. It will make it much easier for you to remove them once the car is raised.
  • Raise the car – Use the jack to raise the car until your flat tire is about half a foot off the ground. Your manual will show you exactly where you need to place the jack underneath of your car in order to lift it.
  • Remove lug nuts – Now, you can completely remove the lug nuts–you can probably do this by hand, but you can still use the wrench.
  • Remove the tire – After the lug nuts are removed, you can gently pull the tire away from the vehicle. It should come off easily. You can place the tire to the side and bring out your spare.
  • Attach the spare to the vehicle – Now, you can get the spare into position. Once you get it into place, you can screw the lug nuts on about halfway.
  • Lower the vehicle – Use the jack to lower the vehicle until the spare tire is just barely resting on the ground. Here, you can tighten the lug nuts completely.
  • Check tire pressure – After you’ve completely, lowered the car and removed the jack, check to make sure the spare’s pressure is adequate.

If you still feel unsure about replacing your flat tire, don’t be ashamed! It’s always better to have a professional complete the task the right way, rather than hurt yourself or your vehicle. You can call Choisser Import Auto Services today, for local all of your Maryland auto repair services, and we’ll help you replace your flat tire in no time at all, so you can get back on the Annapolis roads, safe and sound.

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