How to Change a Tire on Your Car
There are a lot of things to know if you want to change your car tire. You need to know how to remove the lug nuts on your wheel, which is important before changing your tire. If you don’t do this, it will be very difficult for you to get the old tire off the rim.
It’s also very important that you loosen all four lug nuts at once using a wrench or pliers so that they can spin freely when you try and take them off with either your hands or by using another tool like a hammer.
Step by Step Guide
First Step: Find a solid level surface that will restrict the car from rolling. This includes the side of a curb, on an empty flat spot at your house, or in a parking lot. Make sure that there are no moving vehicles around you and be extra careful when doing this next step; it’s very important to make sure that your car is in the park and will not move while you’re under it working.
Second Step: Use a wrench or pliers to remove the lug nuts from your wheel. Make sure that you loosen them all at once so they will spin freely when it comes time for you to take them off of the car with either your hands or another tool like a hammer.
Third Step: Place one jack stand under each side of the vehicle, firmly in place. Make sure that you don’t jack up the car too high, but make it so the car is lifted enough for you to slide under and remove your flat tire safely.
Fourth Step: Take off both of your tires with one wrench or pliers while someone else holds onto a wrench on top of each screw holding down the car. You will still have to use a hammer in certain cases, but you can do this with just one wrench or pliers most of the time.
Fifth Step: Take off all four lug nuts and remove your tire from the wheel itself. It would be best if you took them all off at once so they spin freely when it comes time to take them off the car.
Sixth Step: Place your spare tire on and tighten all four lug nuts until they are secure and tight enough that it won’t wiggle or move when you drive, but not too tight where it’s difficult for you to remove later if necessary. Ensure that there is no air left in your spare tire and that you fill it with air before driving to a service station.
Seventh Step: Use the wrench or pliers to remove all four lug nuts from your new wheel, raise up your car using one jack stand under each side of the vehicle, place back both tires on each side of the car with all five lug nuts, and use the wrench or pliers to tighten them all at once.
Eighth Step: Slowly lower your car back down using one jack stand under each side of the vehicle, double-check that your lug nuts are secure enough where they won’t come off of the wheel while you drive but loose enough where it’s not too difficult for you to remove them if necessary, and drive to a service station.
Ninth Step: Please fill up your spare tire with air until it is complete enough where you can’t see the wheel’s rim showing through the top of the rubber, tighten all four lug nuts on your new wheel by hand first for safety reasons, make sure that no one else gets hurt, and drive to a service station.
Tenth Step: You’re done! Now you know how to change one of your own tires on your car by yourself following these ten simple steps that will hopefully save you from having to contact roadside assistance or waiting hours for someone else to show up. You never want it to be an emergency for you to have to change a tire yourself so get used to doing it at least once every couple of months or so just in case.
How Much Does It Cost To Change A Tire
The costs of changing a flat tire vary depending on where drivers are, how prepared they are with the necessary equipment and what kind of spare tire they have in their vehicles. Drivers can expect to pay about $20-$100 for labor. Costs also vary based on the type of tire drivers have in their vehicles. All-season tires, for example, cost more to swap out than all-terrain or summer tires.
We hope now you can see why it’s essential to change your own tire on your car by yourself instead of waiting for someone else. You never want it to be an emergency so get used to doing this at least once every month.
See how easy that was? Now you know exactly what steps you need to take in order to do all ten without any issues or problems.
You will be able to save time by doing this, you won’t have to wait hours for someone else who may not even show up in the end, and you’ll know exactly what steps are necessary if ever an emergency arises where it’s important that you change your own tire on your car without having help from anyone else.