How To Change Your Tire
What You Need To Change Your Tire
The first things on your checklist should be items that already came with you car, such as a tire jack, a lug wrench, a fully inflated spare tire, and the owner’s manual. To make sure you’re wholly prepared for any situation, you should also make it a point to stow items like a flashlight, rain poncho, a small piece of wood to secure the jack, gloves, and wheel wedges in your trunk.
Changing Your Tire
The most important step that is easy to overlook when changing a tire is ensuring your vehicle won’t roll anywhere. Put the parking brake on and use the wheel wedges to stop your vehicle from going anywhere. Put the wedges under the rear tires if you’re changing a front tire, and under the front tires if you’re changing a rear tire.
Using the lug wrench, turn the lug nuts counterclockwise until you can feel them coming loose. Don’t take them off entirely yet. Use the entire weight of your body to loosen them if necessary.
The next step is to put the jack under your vehicle. Oftentimes, there is a grooved piece of metal on the underside of the frame by the wheels where the jack goes. To be sure, check your owner’s manual to see where the jack should be placed. Once the vehicle is raised with the jack, use the lug wrench to remove the lug nuts.
Take the flat tire off and put the spare tire on the lug bolts right where the old tire was. Once the holes on the spare are lined up, tighten the lug nuts back on by hand, checking each one before lowering the car back down. When the car is down, use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts as much as possible.
Conway area drivers can then schedule a service appointment with our service center to have new tires installed by our certified technicians.
Have any further questions? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to assist you.