How to Change a Tire

Published March 8th, 2023 by Camel Towing

  1. Find a safe location: If you experience a flat tire while driving, it's important to find a safe place to pull over. Look for a flat and stable surface away from traffic and turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers.
  2. Gather the necessary tools: To change a tire, you'll need a spare tire, a lug wrench, a jack, and a wheel chock. These tools are usually located in your car's trunk or under the floor mat in the cargo area.
  3. Loosen the lug nuts: Use the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts on the flat tire. Turn the lug nuts counterclockwise, but don't remove them completely yet.
  4. Lift the car: Place the jack under the car in the designated spot and raise the car until the flat tire is off the ground. Make sure the car is stable before continuing.
  5. Remove the lug nuts and flat tire: Remove the lug nuts and carefully pull the flat tire off the car.
  6. Install the spare tire: Line up the spare tire with the wheel bolts and push it onto the wheel hub. Hand-tighten the lug nuts.
  7. Tighten the lug nuts: Use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts in a star pattern, gradually tightening each one until their snug.
  8. Lower the car: Use the jack to lower the car to the ground and remove the jack.
  9. Tighten the lug nuts again: Use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts again in a star pattern, making sure they're fully tightened.
  10. Check the tire pressure: Use a tire pressure gauge to check the pressure in the spare tire. Make sure it's inflated to the recommended pressure.
  11. Clean up: Put the flat tire, jack, and other tools back in your car and make sure the trunk or cargo area is secure.

Overall, a roadside tire change can be a bit of a process, but it's an important skill to know if you drive a car. If you're not comfortable changing a tire on your own, or you don't have the necessary tools, you should always call Camel Towing for help.

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