Learning Tips from Professionals: How to Change a Spare Tire
Changing a spare tire is an important thing to know. If something ever happens to your tire as you’re driving down the road, then you need to know how to take that tire off and put on your spare. This is what is going to get you to your destination. It will take just a few minutes to read through the information, and just around ten to change out the old one for the new.
The Steps for Changing Out a Spare Tire
- Find a safe place to pull over and park. You do not want to be in the middle of the highway, and also have enough room to change out the tire on your own. Make sure to set your parking brake.
- Turn on those yellow hazard lights. This will give other motorists safe warning of you being there. You do not want to get harmed by someone not seeing you, especially if it is night time.
- Use your wrench to loosen the lug nuts all the way around the tire. You do not need to remove them completely, but loosening them and removing the hubcap is necessary.
- Use your jack to lift the vehicle completely off the ground before doing anything. Always make sure there is a stand and the jack is locked before doing anything further.
- Remove the lug nuts completely and take the tire off the vehicle.
- Place the spare tire onto the car and line up the posts and holes for the lug nuts.
- Put on the lug nuts around the entire wheel. Make sure they’re tightened completely.
- Bring the back of the vehicle down off the ground and double check your lug nights to ensure they’re tight once again.
- Put the flat tire, tools and anything else you’re done with back in the trunk of the vehicle.
- Make sure to glide off slowly, pay attention to traffic when getting back on the road.
It is always a good idea to check the condition of the tires before heading out, especially on a long trip. You want to ensure that you do not go anywhere if the tires have little to no air, poor tread, rips, tears or anything that is out of the ordinary.
Make sure you have all of the tools that are needed for the tire change, including a high quality spare tire. You want to be prepared if something like this happens, and without the tools or a spare that is usable, you will find yourself with a dilemma.
Make sure to practice! Practice makes perfect!
While, some people may have roadside assistance of one form or another, it is still a good idea to learn how to change out that old tire for a new one. It might just save your life one day to have this information. Of course, when you need to get a new set of wheels, make sure to speak with us here at the Auto Clinic of Franklin. We can get you driving on a set of high quality wheels, so this is something you shouldn’t have to worry about.