You're driving down the open road, the wind in your hair and the sun on your face, when suddenly, the inevitable happens—a flat tire. It's a scenario every driver dreads, but don't worry; it's a problem you can tackle with confidence. We will take you on a complete and quite simple guide, so you can change a flat tire whenever, wherever!
Before you dive into changing the tire, ensure safety is your top priority. Pull over to a safe location, turn on your hazard lights, and put your vehicle in park (or in gear if it's a manual transmission). Apply the parking brake to prevent any unexpected movement.
Gather Your Tools
Every superhero needs their tools, and you're no exception. Here's what you'll need:
- Spare tire (check that it's properly inflated)
- Lug wrench
- Wheel chocks (or large stones/bricks)
- Flashlight (if changing the tire at night)
- Reflective vest (for added safety)
Locate the Jack Points
Check your vehicle's owner's manual to find the correct jack points for your specific make and model. This information is crucial to ensure you lift the vehicle safely without damaging its frame or body.
-Lifting from anywhere else can result in body and frame damage!
Loosen the Lug Nuts
Before lifting the vehicle, use the lug wrench to slightly loosen (but do not remove) the lug nuts on the flat tire. This will make it easier to remove them completely once the vehicle is elevated.
Lift the Vehicle
Position the jack beneath the car at the designated jack point and begin raising the vehicle. Make sure the jack is stable and securely lifting the car off the ground.
Remove the Flat Tire
Once the vehicle is lifted, finish loosening and remove the lug nuts. Carefully slide the flat tire off the hub and set it aside.
Install the Spare Tire
Lift the spare tire onto the hub and align the holes with the wheel studs. Hand-tighten the lug nuts as much as possible to secure the spare tire in place.
Lower the Vehicle
Carefully lower the vehicle using the jack until the tire is in contact with the ground but not bearing the full weight of the vehicle.
Tighten the Lug Nuts
With the vehicle safely on the ground, use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts in a star or crisscross pattern to ensure even pressure.
Double-check that all lug nuts are properly tightened. Lower the vehicle completely and remove the jack. Stow the flat tire, tools, and equipment.
Are you looking for wheel and tire services? Cooper's Automotive has got you covered! Our team will be more than happy to help out!