Now that winter is over, you might find that your tread is wearing low or your tires are damaged and you need to replace them. Or you learned it the hard way and you’re stranded on the side of the road right now. Either way, here’s a helpful guide on how to change a tire.
Steps to Change a Tire
Changing a tire is a simple process if you have the right tools. You’ll need wheel wedges to keep the car from moving, a jack, and a lug wrench. First, you need to push the wheel wedges up against the wheels so they don’t move. Then take off the hubcap or wheel cover if the nuts are covered up.
After that, take your lug wrench and start loosening the nuts around your wheel, but don’t take them off all the way. Next, you want to use the jack to raise your car up so that the wheels are six inches off the ground. If you aren’t sure where to put the jack or how to use it, check your car’s owner’s manual.
Once the car is up, unscrew the nuts the rest of the way and take them off. Now you should be able to jimmy your tire off. Put the new tire in its place, and reverse the process from there—screw nuts on until they’re hand-tight, then lower the jack until the wheel just touches the ground. Use the lug wrench to screw the nuts as tight as you can.
Finally, lower the jack all way to the ground and make sure the nuts are as tight as they can get. It’s a good idea to check the new tire’s pressure when you do this. If you need any more help with changing a tire, let us know at Withnell Dodge!