Flat tires can happen to anyone at any time. That’s why it’s always good to be prepared and understand how to change a flat tire. Here at Schaumburg Mitsubishi, we’ve broken the steps down for you in an easy-to-follow guide.
1. Get the Right Tools
Changing a flat tire is difficult if you don’t have the right tools. Make sure you have the following before you attempt to change your tire:
Flares or reflective triangles
2. Be Safe
Before you begin removing your flat tire, find a safe place to pull over. Remember to put your hazard lights on and get as far away from traffic as possible. Also, try to pull over on a flat road and avoid inclines.
Once you’re parked, set out reflective triangles or flares and use your wheel wedges on the tires on the opposite side of the flat.
3. Remove the Flat
To begin, take the flat tire’s hubcap or wheel cover off. Then, loosen — don’t remove — the tire’s lug nuts with the wrench. Once this is done, check your owner’s manual for the best spot under your car to place the jack. Raise the jack until the flat is about six inches off the ground. Once this is done, unscrew the lug nuts the rest of the way and remove the flat tire.
4. Replace with the Spare
When the flat tire is removed, replace it with your spare tire. Align it with the exposed lug bolts and replace the lug nuts. Tighten these by hand. Once you feel that they’re relatively tight, lower the jack carefully and remove it once the spare tire is on the ground. Then, tighten the lug nuts with your wrench and replace the hubcap.
5. Check Your Tire Pressure
Make sure your spare tire has the recommended tire pressure for your car. While you’re at it, check the other tires on your vehicle to ensure you are ready to head to the mechanic and get your spare tire replaced.