Changing To All Season Tires For FallOctober 1, 2019 5:13 pm
Your tires are one of the most important components on your car. A balding set of tires can easily result in anything from a scary near miss to a full loss of control in bad weather. In order to decide if you need all-weather tires or full snow or winter tires, you need to assess the intensity of your average winter weather. If you experience heavy snowfall every winter, you either need to use snow tires or get a good set of chains. If your winters are milder or you just have a few snowfalls every year, all-season tires can easily carry you through the winter season. If you are looking for a new set of winter tires and want to save some money this year, come into your local U Pull And Pay. Our auto experts will help you find the exact parts you are looking for at unbeatable prices. You can easily swap out your car’s tires by following these simple steps.
- Prep Your Car
The first thing you need to do is to find a safe and flat location. With your car being jacked up in the air, you want to make sure that you do everything that you can to ensure a safe working environment. Once you have parked your car in a flat space, apply the parking brake and put wheel wedges under the tires that will not be in the air. This step can easily save you a trip to the hospital and thousands of dollars in damage to your car, so take your time prepping the area.
- Remove The Hubcap
Many vehicles have hubcaps or wheel covers that hide the lug nuts. In order to take your tire off, you will need to remove these covers. Remove this cover with your lug wrench or consult your owner’s manual to see if your car requires a specific tool. If your lug nuts are already exposed, you can skip this step.
- Loosen Your Lug Nuts
Your lug nuts are probably attached pretty well at this point and they will require a lot of force to break loose. Make sure that you only break the tension at this step and do not remove the lug nuts entirely, keeping them on for now will make your life easier as you progress.
- Jack Your Vehicle Up
Most modern vehicles have a clearly delineated space on the frame meant for a jack, but if your vehicle doesn’t have one, make sure that you attach your jack to a strong portion of your vehicle’s frame. Once your jack is in place, raise your vehicle up. If you are doing this in your driveway, you may want to put a cut 2×4 under your jack to make sure that you cause no damage to your asphalt. Raise your vehicle until the tire you are currently changing is about 6 inches off the ground and never place any part of your body under your vehicle.
- Remove The Old Tire
Fully unscrew the lug nuts and pull your old tire off the log bolts. If your tire is still in good shape, you can save these tires for next spring to save even more money.
- Install The New Tire
Place your new tire on the lug bolts and tighten the lug nuts by hand. You can tighten as much as your hands can do, but don’t use any tools in this step.
- Finish Up
Lower your vehicle so that your tire is on the ground but not taking the full weight of your car. Use your lug wrench to fully tighten your lug nuts and then lower your vehicle completely. Replace the hubcap, put away your tools, kick back, and enjoy a job well done!
If you would like to learn more about how you can change your tires or any other DIY maintenance project, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our expert staff will help you find the perfect parts for your project at the best prices in town.
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This post was written by Jonathan Kling