How to Change a Tire
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove the lug nuts and flat tire: Remove the lug nuts and carefully pull the flat tire off the car.
- 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.
- Tighten the lug nuts: Use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts in a star pattern, gradually tightening each one until their snug.
- Lower the car: Use the jack to lower the car to the ground and remove the jack.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.