How to change a tire?

Here are the steps on how to change a tire:

  1. Pull over to a safe location. Find a level spot off the road and turn on your hazard lights. If you’re on the side of the road, put on your reflective safety triangles or flares.
  2. Get out of your car and chock the wheel diagonally opposite the flat tire. This will prevent your car from rolling while you’re working on it.
  3. Remove the hubcap, if your car has one.
  4. Loosen the lug nuts on the flat tire. Use a lug wrench to turn the lug nuts counterclockwise until they’re just loose. Don’t remove them completely yet.
  5. Locate the jack point on your car. This is usually a stamped metal plate located near the flat tire.
  6. Place the jack under the car at the jack point. Be sure to position the jack so that it’s level and won’t tip over.
  7. Jack up the car until the flat tire is about 6 inches off the ground. Be careful not to jack the car up too high, or you could damage the suspension.
  8. Remove the lug nuts and take off the flat tire.
  9. Put the spare tire on the car. Line up the holes in the tire with the studs on the hub and then push the tire onto the studs.
  10. Hand-tighten the lug nuts. Don’t overtighten them yet, or you could damage the wheel studs.
  11. Lower the car. Once the car is down, use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts in a star pattern.
  12. Remove the jack.
  13. Put away your tools and get back in your car.

Here are some additional tips for changing a tire:

  • Wear safety glasses and gloves to protect yourself from debris.
  • If you’re not sure where the jack point is on your car, consult your owner’s manual.
  • Be careful not to overtighten the lug nuts, or you could damage the wheel studs.
  • Once you’ve changed the tire, drive to a service station to have the flat tire repaired or replaced.

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