Knowing how to change a flat new or used tire can help you when you’re in a tight spot, letting you fix an issue that could otherwise require towing. If you’ve never changed a tire before, you may be unsure where to start. Here is a comprehensive guide to changing a flat car tire.
How to Change a Tire
1. Get to a Safe Place
If your vehicle is pulling to the side or making noises that indicate you could have a flat tire, pull to the shoulder of the road or another location away from traffic. Turn on your hazard lights to signal other drivers, then engage your parking brake to ensure your vehicle is secure before you step out.
2. Use the Jack to Lift the Car
The spare tire, lug wrench, and jack should all be located in the trunk or cargo area of your vehicle. Turn the lug wrench counterclockwise to loosen, but not remove, the lug nuts. Place the jack at the point closest to the flat, crank it to lift the car off the ground, then remove the lug nuts from the tire to allow you to remove it.
3. Replace the Flat With a Spare
Remove the used tire and set it aside. Place the spare on the hub and align it with the wheel bolts before replacing the lug nuts. Using the lug wrench, turn the nuts clockwise until they are tightened, but not all the way.
4. Lower the Car
Crack the jack to lower the car back to the ground. Once your car is once again flat, you can finish tightening the lug nuts. Place the flat tire in the trunk, then head to an auto shop for a tire replacement, since spares aren’t meant to be driven indefinitely.
If you need a new or used tire to replace your flat, head over to Briggs Tire Service in Livonia, NY. Since 1976, this locally-owned and -operated shop has offered on-site and mobile service and a wide selection of new and used tires for a range of equipment, including lawn mowers, trailers, trucks, tractors, and boat trailers. Visit their website for more information about their products and services, or call (585) 346-3041 to speak with a team member.