Change a tire in 10 easy steps

Changing a flat tire: one of the great American pastimes. Well, maybe not, but a flat tire is something we’ll all face at some point. Here’s a quick breakdown of how to change that flat.

What you need:


Lug wrench

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Spare tire

What to do:

Turn on your hazard lights and find a safe place to pull over. If you’re on the freeway, take the nearest exit and park on a flat spot.

Grab your jack, lug wrench, and spare tire.

Use the wrench to loosen the lug nuts. Turn them counterclockwise until loose, but do not remove them. Brute strength may be needed as lug nuts are typically very tight.

Use the jack to lift the car off the ground. But first, check your owner’s manual to find where to place the jack. Next, crank the jack until the flat tire is off the ground.

Remove the lug nuts and pull the tire off the car.

Put on the spare. Line up the holes in the tire rim with the protruding lug nut posts.

Next, push the spare onto the wheel base.

Place the lug nuts on the spare and tighten with your hand and then with the wrench until snug.

Use the jack to lower the car back to the ground. Remove the jack from underneath the car.

Use the wrench to tighten the lug nuts fully.

That’s it! Place the flat tire and tools back in the trunk, and hit the road. Remember to take it easy if you’re on a donut as they aren’t intended for rough terrain or high usage.

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