When you get a flat tire, it’s always a nuisance. But it needn’t ruin your whole day, and nor do you have to pay for the mechanic to fix it for you. With our guide of 9 steps you can change a flat tire easily.
Change a flat tire easily: What you need
- Ring nut wrench
- New / spare tire
- Before starting, make sure that your vehicle is in park with the ignition off.
- Using the screwdriver (or the end of the wheel nut wrench), remove the wheel cover on the flat tire.
- Using the wheel nut wrench, loosen the wheel nuts without removing them. (A single turn counterclockwise should be enough.)
- Consult your driver’s manual to ensure correct positioning of the jack for tire removal. The jack should sit on a flat, stable surface.
- Using the jack Lift the car slowly until the flat tire is between three inches above the ground. (Safety note: you should never be under the car when standing on a jack.)
- Using the nut wrench, remove the loose wheel nuts completely.
- Remove the flat tire.
- Place the new / spare tire on the car. Replace the wheel nuts and tighten them tight enough to secure the tire.
- Release the jack until the tread of the new tire hits the ground. Tighten the wheel nuts until they are tight, then lower the jack completely.
It’s a good idea to carry latex gloves and some waterless hand cleaner in your glove box or boot, so that if you have to change the tire by the side of the road, you can easily clean up afterwards. And you should take the flat tire to be fixed as soon as possible. The worst thing that could happen is if you get another flat while you do not have a good spare in the boot to replace it with.