How to Change a Flat Tire (With Your Spare)


Last month, we talked about the effects of a flat tire and emphasized the importance of tire maintenance. Now, we will discuss how to change a flat tire. The reality is that accidents can still happen, regardless of how your tire maintenance practices. Before you can replace a flat tire, you need the proper tools to carry out the steps. Some of these tools may already be in your car. If not, you should buy them and leave them in your trunk just in case.

Items You Need

  • Spare Tire (You should also ensure that the spare tire is always correctly inflated.)
  • Jack
  • Lug Wrench
  • Fully inflated spare tire
  • Vehicle Owner's manual

*Nice to Have Items

  • Flashlight with working batteries (in case it's dark)*
  • Rain poncho/jacket/umbrella (in case of inclement weather)*
  • Gloves*
  • Wheel wedges*

Step #1 - Loosen the wheel bolts using the lug wrench.

Turn the bolt counterclockwise, but do not loosen it entirely.

Step #2 - Raise the car

Use your owner's manual to find your vehicle's jacking points to lift the vehicle. It should be at a minimum of 6 inches off the ground.

Step #3 - Proceed to remove the tire

Once the bolts are unfastened all the way, take off the flat tire by pulling it towards your body. Put the spare in place and secure the bolts on the spare, but do not tighten them.

Step #4 - Level the car

Turn the jack to the left or counterclockwise to lower your car back to the ground. 

Step #5 - Tighten the wheel bolts

Once the car is stable, you can continue to fasten the bolts on the spare tire by turning the wrench to the right. 

 

Once you're done with step #5, make sure you clean up after yourself. You don't want to leave any tools behind. The next step is to get yourself to a trusted repair shop like Fadely's Auto Masters. Your spare tires are only good enough to get you to safety so that you can get proper tires. If you are in search of high-quality repairs and tires, please do not hesitate to reach out to Fadely's Auto Masters.