How to Change a Tire

How to Change a Tire

Every driver is bound to have a flat tire at some point in their lives. Roadside assistance is a great convenience that many automakers offer with new cars. It might be faster to change the tire yourself though. Here’s a quick guide on how to change a tire from us here at Wright Chevrolet Buick GMC.

  1. Pull off to the side of the road. Aim for a straightaway or area with low traffic. Turn on your hazard lights to make your vehicle more noticeable from a distance. Set the parking brake and insert wheel wedges if available.
  2. Remove the hubcap or wheel cover to reveal the lug nuts. If the lug nuts are already visible, move to the next step.
  3. Loosen the lug nuts, but don’t remove them entirely.
  4. Place the jack beneath the vehicle. Make sure to check your owner’s manual for proper placement.
  5. Raise the vehicle at least six inches the air. Do not place any part of your body beneath the car at any point while the car is off the ground.
  6. Finish unscrewing the lug nuts and remove the flat tire.
  7. Replace the flat tire with the spare by pushing it straight onto the post.
  8. Tighten the lug nuts by hand. Hold off on using the wrench.
  9. Lower the vehicle and finish tightening the lug nuts with the wrench.
  10. Finish lowering the vehicle to the ground and replace the hubcap.
  11. Return all equipment and the flat tire to your vehicle.

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