Learning to Change a Tire

Do you remember the day you turned 16 and you were finally able to drive a car? It probably felt like the most important moment of your life. In fact, it probably WAS the most important moment of your life. It marked the end of childhood, the beginning of young adulthood. Above all, it meant you were finally FREE. Independent. You could go where you wanted and do what you wanted (kind of). With freedom comes responsibility. You have to be able to take care of yourself. What happens if you get a flat tire while driving on the highway? None one wants to call their mom and dad for help. No! Changing it yourself is the way to go.

  1. Pull Over

Before you do anything else, pull over to the side of the road and find a flat, stable, safe location to change your tire. Turn on your hazard lights and engage the emergency brake. It may be advised to place heavy objects in front and behind your tires.

  1. Retrieve Your Tools

Retrieve your car jack and the spare tire. The location of the jack will vary from vehicle to vehicle. It is best to begin your search in the trunk.

  1. Place the Jack

Put the jack in place next to the tire you need to change. Make sure the jack is in contact with the metal frame of the car NOT the plastic body. Raise the jack until it is supporting but not lifting the car.

  1. Removing the Tire

Now, use the wrench that came with the car to loosen and remove the nuts that secure the tire to the wheel. Do not misplace the nuts! Next, raise the jack until the car is lifted into the air. Now you can remove the tire.

  1. Replacing and Getting on the Road

Replace the flat tire with the spare tire. Replace the nuts one by one, tightening them by hand. Lower the car back down to the ground. Use the wrench to tighten the nuts the rest of the way. Ensure that the tire is securely fastened. Drive directly to a mechanic and get a new tire@