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How to Change a Tire

February 8th, 2015

A flat tire can be extremely annoying and inconvenient. However, you can lessen the blow by replacing the car tire yourself rather than choosing to take it to an expensive garage. Changing your tire is easy once you know how. Follow our simple step by step guide for help on how to change your car tire in no time.

Find a Safe Spot

Always make sure that your car is off the road and in a safe and flat spot before you start work on changing the tire. Never attempt to do this on a busy road as it will put you in a dangerous position. Place bricks or large objects in front of the tires to stop it from moving. Turn off the engine, put your hazard lights on and make sure the handbrake is on.

Pull off the Hubcap

Carefully prize the hub cap off by using the wedge on your tire iron.

Loosen Lug Nuts

The next step is to use a spanner to loosen up the lug nuts, some nuts may require a bit of elbow grease in order to loosen them. Don’t fully remove the lug nuts yet though – just loosen them up a little.

Jack it Up

place the jack underneath the frame of the car. The exact position you need to place it will depend on the make and model of your car, refer to your car’s manual for more details. Jack up the car until you are able to easily slide off the tire. Remember that the new tire will be larger than the flat, so make sure that you raise the car high enough to comfortably fit it in. Now you can remove the lug nuts and pull off the tire.

Replace the Tire

Put your new tire onto the wheel, making sure that the air valves are pointing outwards. Replace the lug nuts and mensure that they are really secure on the wheel.

Lower the Jack

Now gently lower the jack all the way down. Replace the hubcap and voila! You’re all done. See it wasn’t that hard was it?

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