How to Change a Flat Tire When You Absolutely Have To

Even though no one ever plans to get a flat tire, everyone should be prepared to change one if the situation requires it.

The process is very simple, but special care must be paid to the safety steps in the process in order to remain safe and protect your vehicle from further damage.
  • Start by securing the vehicle. Be sure to apply parking brake.
  • Locate and remove the spare tire, jack, and lug wrench.
  • While the vehicle is still on the ground, loosen the lugs.
  • Place the jack and slowly raise the vehicle. Be sure to stay clear of the vehicle
  • When the flat tire leaves the ground, raise the vehicle an additional 2-4 inches.
  • Remove the pre-loosened lugs and store in a secure place
  • With hands on the sides of the tire, remove the wheel and place aside.
  • Align and place the spare making sure the lug holes align
  • Replace lugs, hand-tightening only for now
  • Begin to tighten the lugs in a star or crossing pattern until fully seated.
  • Slowly lower the vehicle making sure hands and feet are clear
  • Once on the ground, tighten the lugs
  • Replace the flat tire in the vehicle securely along with all tools.
  • Remove any placed wheel chocks and slowly drive to safety
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