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Here is How to Change a Tire

As much as we may not want to ever have to change a tire, it’s a really important life skill, much like learning how to swim or even ride a bike. Imagine getting a flat tire on a secluded strand of highway with no other motorists in sight and no way to get a signal on your phone. Yikes! No good. 

Make sure you have:

  1. A spare tire and check its viability on occasion
  2. A jack
  3. Gloves
  4. Lug wrench
  5. Flashlight with extra batteries

Okay…. Now you’re ready to get started:

  1. Expose lug nuts.. You may have to remove the hubcap or wheel cover first.
  2. Do NOT take off the lug nuts, but use the lug wrench to loosen them.
  3. Put the jack under the car (your owner’s manual will show you where and how to use your jack) and expand it until your vehicle is about 6 inches off the ground. Make sure that YOU are NEVER under the car!
  4. NOW is the time to finish unscrewing the lug nuts and get them off there!
  5. Gently but firmly pull it toward you and set it aside.
  6. Align the spare with the exposed lug bolts and push it into place.
  7. Tighten the lug nuts with your hands first before lowering the jack. 
  8. Once the vehicle is firmly back on the ground, use the wrench to get those lug nuts as tight as possible. Move in a star pattern so that you’re not going in order.
  9. Put the hubcap or wheel cover back on if you had one to take off in the first place.
  10.  Get to a place you can check the tire pressure asap. 

Now it’s time to practice. You never want to step out onto the stage without a rehearsal… too much pressure. Especially before heading out on a road trip, take the time to put this into action so are confident you can handle it if you ever find yourself with a flat and no one to help. Stop by Robert’s Collision & Repair if you’d like for us to inspect your tires before heading out on the road to minimize the risk. We are here for you!

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