Odds are that every driver will experience a flat tire at some point in their life. Whether it’s pulling into the garage or taking a road trip, a flat tire can be a major downer. Fortunately, changing a tire isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Here’s a quick guide on how to change a tire.
- Pull off to the side of the road when you first suspect a tire is flat. Continuing to drive on a flat tire can cause damage to the rim and vehicle. Try to find a straightaway so your car is visible from a good distance away.
- Once you’re in a safe location on the side of the road, remove the spare tire and tools from your trunk. Turn on your hazard lights.
- Begin changing the tire by removing the hubcap and loosening the lug nuts. Place the jack beneath the vehicle before removing the lug nuts.
- Use the jack to lift the vehicle six inches off the ground. Avoid putting any part of your body beneath the raised vehicle. Finish removing the lug nuts, then remove the flat tire by pulling it towards you.
- Line up the spare tire with the lug bolts, then push it into place. Tighten the lug nuts by hand, then lower the vehicle until the spare tire touches the ground.
- Finish tightening the lug nuts with the wrench. Replace the hubcap, and off you go.
If you need more extensive repairs performed for your tires, be sure to check in with our expert team of technicians here at Atzenhoffer Mazda.