There are many reasons why you may need to change your car tire. These reasons can be planned or unplanned. An instance of an unplanned tire change is when you suddenly discover that your car tire is leaking or has become flat. On the other hand, you can schedule a tire change especially when you plan to replace your old car tire with a new one.
A planned tire change can be less consuming since you can easily call or schedule an appointment with a professional. However, have you ever thought of what happens on a highway when you suddenly discover a flat tire?
0A flat tire can spoil your day. Changing tire is something most people don’t want to do on the road, as it is an unpleasant and dangerous task. However, the best idea is to learn to change a tire like a pro so that you can quickly resolve any issue that may come your way at any time.
Steps to Change a Tire like a Pro
1. Drive you a flat surface
The best platform to perform your tire change is on a flat, non-sloppy surface. Lifting the car on bent surfaces can cause physical damages to your car. Turn on the hazard lights too.
2. Loosen the lug nuts
The next stage is to loosen the lug nuts. Check to see if your tire has a hubcap and remove them first. Then, loosen all the lug nuts on the tire but do not completely remove them. Remember that you cannot loosen the tire lug nuts after you have lifted the car up above the ground surface. The best idea is to use a lug wrench because it grips the nuts firmly.
3. Set the jack appropriately
Now, place the car jack appropriately under the car. Makes sure you place it in the proper location in order to avoid physical damage to your car. You can get a suitable position by reading your owner’s manual.
4. Jack the car up
After placing the jack appropriately, lift the car up by cranking the handle of the jack. There are different types of jacks but most of them work by using a small rod to rotate a small axis which, in turn, causes the topmost part of the jack to move up slowly but steadily. Lift the vehicle high until the tire no longer touches the ground surface.
5. Remove the nuts.
Remember you have already loosened the nuts? Good! Then next is to remove the loosened nuts and keep them safe because you will still need them to fix the spare tire.
6. Remove the tire
After you have removed and safely kept the nuts, you can now remove the tire from the car. Hold the tire towards you and pull gently, shaking from right to left. The tire might weigh up to 30 pounds depending on the car, so be careful while removing it. If you haven’t loosened the nuts before lifting your car, it will be difficult to loosen it at this stage.
7. Replace the tire
To replace the tire with either a spare or after you have repaired it, mount the tire on the hub and set properly. Place the nuts and tighten them using your hands and not the wench.
8. Lower the car
Lower the car by unwinding the jack until it is fully in contact with the ground. This is just opposite so the process of lifting the car. Remove the jack after this.
9. Tighten the nuts
Now, it is time to properly tighten those nuts you initially tightened with your hand through the use of the lug wrench. Tighten one nut lightly and then move to the most opposite. Repeat this process until the nuts are more securely tightened.
10. Return all gadgets
Now that you have successfully changed your tire, the next proper thing is to replace all gadgets to where you collected them. If you fixed the extra tire, make sure you repair the major one and keep for future use. Also, return and keep other tools appropriately for future use.
Things to Take Care of When Changing a Tire
- Always have your spare tire intact. You cannot tell when one of your tires will develop a fault. Also, check to ensure you have proper tools like jack, lug wrench, caution road symbol, and spare tire before traveling by car.
- Change your tires in secure locations only. No matter how worst the car tire condition may be, try to drive off the road, away from dangers of traffic before you attempt to change a tire.
- Do not ignore visible safety measures. Never forget to put on the hazard traffic lights and place the caution road symbol appropriately. You can also keep the car doors open to provide an extra layer of safety and sufficiently keep cars away.
- Block the other tires with hard objects in the front and back. This is essential because cars can attempt to move if not blocked while trying to forcefully loosen or tighten the nuts. Since you are working on a tire, make sure you block other three tires with stones, brinks, or specially-made tire breakers. Apply emergency breaks too.
- Again, do not attempt to lift the car without previously loosen the nuts. Attempting to loosen the nuts while your car is raised will only cause the tire to spin. So, loosen the nuts adequately before lifting the car so that you can easily remove the nuts with hand.
- Always remove and keep the spare beside you before lifting to the car. Failure to do this means you will be interacting with a car that is on the jack. Without being told, you should know that this can be dangerous because you may push the car while trying to remove the spare tire from the car trunk.
- Don’t toy with the jack. The Jack is heavy-weighted and can cause severe physical injury if not handled properly. So, be extra careful when handling the car jack.
- Keep all gadgets lubricated. Once in a while, always check your car gadgets and keep them lubricated. Gadgets that are unused or have been used over a long period of time can start to rust and may become hard to maneuver. To prevent issues that may arise later, keep all car gadgets in good condition.