A Step-by-Step Guide to Changing a Tire
Getting a flat tire is not only inconvenient, but it can be costly, too. We already know it can cost upwards of a hundred or so dollars to replace a tire, so why not save money on the tow truck, too? Print this article and keep it in your car for an easy-to-follow guide on changing a tire.
You Will Need:
- Spare Tire
- Lug Wrench
- Hub Cap Removal Tool or Screwdriver (5)
Tip: Most cars come with a jack and lug wrench along with a spare tire. Be sure to make sure you have these items!
Step 1: Prepare
Make sure you are completely pulled off to the side of the road. (It is okay to drive slowly for a short distance on a flat.)
- Turn on your hazard lights.
- Turn off the engine.
- Set your parking brakes.
- If parked on a hill, wedge your tires onto the curb by turning your steering wheel all the way clockwise (if facing downhill) or counterclockwise (if facing uphill). You can also wedge a large rock or piece of wood behind the wheels.
Tip: The parking brakes are either located on the center console as hand levers or to the left side of the pedals as foot brakes.