The tires of your car can only do so much. Sooner or later you will need to replace them with fresh ones. Sometimes, inconvenient situations happen that challenge us to change tires. If that happens to you, can you confidently say that you know how to change your vehicle’s tires? Not to worry, because this article will provide 5 easy steps on how change your tire. This comes in handy when it bugs down in a place without any assistance available.
Before you get started with all the hullaballoo of changing tires, make sure you get to a shoulder first – an area within a road that is mainly dedicated for motorists experiencing emergencies. While trying to get to a shoulder, turn on the vehicle’s hazard, so other drivers would know you’re slowing down. Once you’ve parked safely, step out of the car; prepare the Early Warning Device, spare tire, and tools. Now get started.
Step 1: Loosen the nuts using the lug wrench
The lug nuts are the attachment of the tire to the body of the car. If you don’t know what a lug wrench is, look for the tool that looks like a large cross. Place the lug wrench onto a nut and cautiously turn the wrench to a counter-clockwise manner. If the nuts are stubborn, try to turn the lug wrench until it is parallel to the ground. Carefully stomp on the lug wrench to help the nut break free. Remember, do not remove the nuts completely, so as to maintain the vehicle’s balance of weight.
Step 2: Jack up your car
A car jack, also known as a scissor jack, is a type of device that uses a screw to provide great force in order to lift heavy loads. In changing tires, you need to have your car raised before removing the nuts completely. As stated above, you need to maintain your car’s balance of weight. If a tire has been removed before being jacked, there’s a great tendency for your car to lose its stability and fall. Put the jack on a level ground under your car. Be sure to place the jack at the right place of target before jacking up. Slowly turn the screw with the arm in a clockwise motion.
Step 3: Remove the nuts and the tire
Once the vehicle is lifted and you’re sure that it’s well supported by the car jack and stable, get the lug wrench and completely remove the nuts of the tire. You may use your fingers when the nuts are better slackened. You should be able to remove 4-5 nuts from each tire. The tire mags will come off easily when all nuts have been detached.
Step 4: Replace the tire with the spare
Carefully fit the replacement tire’s mags to the attachment. Allow the tire to spin in place. Remember, do not remove the jack without bolting the nuts.
Step 5: Bolt, jack, bolt
Do steps 1, 2, and 3 in reverse. Secure the nuts back by using your fingers. Do not tighten them yet. As soon as the nuts are placed properly, jack down the car cautiously by turning the arm to a counter-clockwise motion. Make sure your vehicle’s tire touches the ground before removing the jack. Using the lug wrench, bolt the nuts tightly by turning it to a clockwise manner. Continue turning the wrench until the nuts are tight and immovable.
After doing all these, make sure to clean up. Wipe your hands from any dirt or grease. Put all your tools back into place. And drive back safely to the road. Remember to have your bad tire serviced immediately. Have you ever experience running on a flat? If you already have, how were you able to cope with this situation? Share your experiences and let others know what to do when they they’re caught up with a flat tire.