Every driver has faced car problems at one time or another. My first issue with a vehicle occurred when I was driving my father’s Chrysler Town and Country and noticed the rear passenger tire was lower than the others.
Come to find out, there was a nail that somehow ended up puncturing a hole in the tire, causing it to go flat. Luckily, I was able to make it home before realizing the situation, especially since I had no clue as to what to do. Needless to say, I paid close attention when my dad explained to me how I need to go about changing a tire.
Here’s the process of changing a flat tire, something every driver should know how to do:
- Find your spare tire, car jack, and tools- You’ll need all of these items in order to begin removing the tire.
- With the car in park, begin to loosen each of the lug nuts on the wheel- More than likely, it’ll take some force to remove them as they’ll probably be pretty tight.
- Use the jack and raise the car- You’ll need to raise the car until the wheel is completely off the ground.
- Remove the lugs and take the tire off- Be sure that once you remove the lug nuts off the tire that you do not lose them or have them rolling around.
- Put the spare tire on- Take the spare wheel and line it up with the wheel studs on the brake hub. Once that’s complete, then screw the lugs back on. At this point, just make sure they’re snug on the spare.
- Carefully lower the jack- Once the car is back on the ground, you can remove the jack from underneath the vehicle.
- Tighten the lug nuts- You tighten the lugs now because with the car being on the ground the tire won’t rotate while it would have when it was elevated.
Once the changing process has been complete, take the flat tire and place it where your spare normally stays and begin your search for a new tire, or see if your old tire can be fixed.
Knowing how to change a tire is essential for any driver. You never know when you’ll be in the middle of nowhere with no cell phone reception and need to change the tire yourself in order to continue on your journey.