How To Change A Tire

If you’re a new car owner and you’ve never had to change your own tire before, it’s an invaluable skill that will save you a lot of hassle in the future. You don’t have to wait for roadside assistance or for a friend to come pick you up so long as you know how to handle a tire iron and a jack. Here’s what you need to know about swapping out a blown tire for a new one:

Make Sure You’re on Solid Ground

The process can be dangerous on loose gravel or sand or grass, so make sure that you’re on the concrete or tarmac before you start changing your tire. You can drive or push your car safely a little ways before you do any real damage, but at this point it’s still important not to put too much stress on the wheel itself without a good tire on it, so be quick so that you don’t do any real damage to the axle and wheel.

Put on the E-Brake

This will keep your car from slipping and sliding while you go to work on it.

Find the Divot

There will be a small divot, about the size of a small fist on the body of the car somewhere around the tire. That’s where you place the jack. Anywhere else and you’ll either damage the car or you’ll wind up with a loose grip between the jack and the car.

Lift the Car

When lifting with the jack, it’s important to stay a safe distance. Don’t have your foot right in the way of the car if it slips. You never know what can happen when your car is supported on a jack.

Remove the Hubcap and the Lugnuts

Take the tire iron and remove the lugnuts in a counterclockwise motion. Use a little WD40 if they get stuck.

Replace

Take the busted tire off the wheel, put the new one on, tighten the lugnuts, put the cap back on and lower your car down.Now, you can’t just toss that tire in the trash, you’ll need to have it repaired or properly disposed of. And now, you should be prepared in case you get a busted tire out on the road. If you do need any assistance with a flat tire stop by our Newnan Car Dealership and one of our service technicians would be happy to help you.