Getting a flat tire is never fun, but it doesn’t have to be a huge hassle.
With a little know-how and the right tools, you can change a tire in 30 minutes or less.
So whether you’re stranded on the side of the road or just trying to be proactive, here’s everything you need to know about changing a tire.
What You’ll Need
Before you get started, there are a few things you’ll need to have on hand.
First, you’ll need a jack and a lug wrench. If you don’t have these tools in your car, most auto shops will lend them to you for free.
You’ll also need a spare tire that’s in good condition.
Step One: Preparing the Car
First, you’ll need to get your car ready for the tire change.
If you’re on the side of the road, make sure you put your hazard lights on so other drivers can see you.
Then, loosen the lug nuts on the flat tire with your lug wrench before jacking up the car.
You don’t need to remove them completely—just loosen them so they’re easier to take off later.
Step Two: Jacking Up the Car
Now it’s time to lift up the car so you can remove the flat tire and replace it with the spare.
Place your jack under one of the car’s frame rails (consult your owner’s manual if you’re unsure where this is) and pump it until the car is high enough for you to work comfortably.
Remember: only jack up the car high enough so that there’s about an inch of clearance between the flat tire and the ground—any more than that and you risk damaging your car or getting hurt yourself.
Step Three: Removing The Flat Tire
With the car lifted and supported by the jack, it’s time to remove the flat tire.
Start by taking off the lug nuts completely and then pull the tire straight off—be careful not to hit anything as you do so.
Once the flat tire is off, inspect it for any damage and set it aside.
Step Four: Replacing with The Spare Tire
To put on the spare tire, simply line it up with the wheel well and push it onto the axle until it’s snug against the car.
Once it’s in place, put on all of the lug nuts (again, no need to tighten them all of they way yet) and lower your car back down to the ground.
Once your car is back on solid ground, use your lug wrench to tighten all of those lug nuts as much as possible—and that’s it! You’ve successfully changed your own tire!
Final Thoughts On How Long It Takes To Change a Tire
Changing a tire may seem like a daunting task, but with a little know-how it’s actually pretty easy—and fast.
With this guide (and some basic tools), you can have your new spare tire on in 30 minutes or less, getting you back on your way in no time.
So next time you find yourself with a flat, don’t panic—just grab your jack and lug wrench and follow these steps for a quick and easy fix.
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