How to change a spare tireJuly 26, 2019 11:47 am
We’ve all seen horror movies and after school specials where someone gets a flat tire and they are stranded in their car in the middle of a thunderstorm with no knowledge of how to change a spare tire. No one wants to be stranded on the side of the road without knowing how to do the simple repair of a tire change, but the reality is that a large number of car owners have no idea how to do this quick fix. If you never learned how to change your car’s tire, or just would like a quick refresher course, here are our six simple steps to changing your tire. You can find all the parts you need for this DIY repair and much more at unbeatable prices right here at your local U Pull And Pay.
Step 1- Secure Your Car
If your car is broken down on the side of the road with a flat tire, there may not be much you can do in the sense of moving your vehicle, but there are a few things you can do to easily secure your vehicle. First, try to move your vehicle to flat and solid ground if you can. Once you are on flat ground, put your car in park and engage the parking brake. Finally, grab four bricks, rocks, or any other solid stopping pieces and place one in front and behind the front and rear tires to ensure that no rolling occurs during your tire change.
Step 2- Prepare The Jack
Grab the spare tire and your jack out of your trunk or wherever your tire is stored. Place your jack under the vehicle and make sure that your jack is in contact with the metal portion of your vehicle’s frame. Raise the jack until it has a firm grip and is supporting the weight of your vehicle but not lifting your vehicle off the ground. Remove the hubcaps and loosen the nuts until you break the resistance but do not remove them fully.
Step 3- Lift The Vehicle
Crank the jack to lift the tire completely off the ground. Once your tire is off the ground and is no longer supporting the weight of your vehicle, you can move on to removing the tire.
Step 4- Remove The Tire
Start removing the tire by fully removing the nuts. Once the nuts are off you should be able to easily take the tire off the hub. Place your flat tire where your spare tire once sat and set it aside.
Step 5- Place The New Tire
Lift your spare tire up and slowly slide it onto the hub. Move your spare tire so that the tire aligns with the wheel bolts and put the lug nuts in place. Tighten the lug nuts by hand until they are snug but do not tighten them with your wrench yet as too much tightening could rock your car lose from your jack.
Step 6- Get Ready For Driving
Finally, lower your jack to that the tire is on the ground and is under slight pressure but not the full weight of your vehicle. Tighten the lug nuts as much as you can, and then fully lower and remove the jack.
By following these simple six steps, you can easily change your own flat tire and get back on your way. If you are looking for all the tools and parts you need for this DIY project and any other car care you are looking to tackle on your own, come into your local U Pull And Pay today.
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This post was written by Jonathan Kling