And one of the most essential things to know how to do is knowing how to change your vehicle tires. As a car owner, you need to know how to do certain things that are essential when relating to your vehicle. It’s not in all locations that you can find yourself a car repairman. If your car broke down on a highway where there’s no available shelter or a mechanic, and you find out that the problem is caused by flat tires, you don’t need to panic.
Just read through this article to know all that there is to know about how to change your car tires.
It is essential to know how to change your vehicle tires in case you come across a situation where you will need to change your vehicle tires
How To Change Your Vehicle Tires
Here are the steps to follow in order for you to properly change your vehicle tires.
Find a Safe Spot
When you realize that your car tire has gone flat, don’t brake your car immediately. Rather slowly reduce your car speed, and scan around for a safe location. However, the best ideal location for such is an empty parking lot. And that place should be leveled to avoid your car from rolling backward.
Never try to change your on a narrow road near oncoming traffic as it’ll cause a traffic jam.
Turn On Yor Hazard Lights
Your car’s Hazard Lights will help other upcoming drivers see you on the side of the road. Trn them on as soon as you realize to avoid accidents.
Apply the Parking Brake
Once you have stopped, always make sure that you make use of the parking brake when preparing to replace a flat tire. This will help in minimizing the possibility of your vehicle rolling backward.
Apply Wheel Wedges
Wheel wedges go either in front or behind the tires. This is to further ensure that the vehicle doesn’t roll while you fix the flat tire.
Remove the Wheel Cover or the Hubcap
If there’s a hubcap covering the lug nuts, it’ll be easier if you remove the hubcap before lifting the vehicle with a jack. But if your lug nuts are exposed, you don’t need this step.
Lose the Lugnuts
Use the wrench to loosen the lug nuts. You may have had to use force in order to loosen it.
Make use of all your body strength if necessary.
Position the Jack under the Vehicle
Underneath the vehicle is always the best position for the jack. Most vehicle frames have molded plastic on the bottom with a cleared area of exposed metal which was specifically for the jack. In order for yo to safely lift and avoid damage on the vehicle, just follow the instructions for the placement of on jack in your owner’s manual.
Raise the Vehicle with the Jack
Place a cut of 2×6 wood beneath the jack to prevent the jack from settling under the weight of your vehicle and losing balance.
Unscrew the Lug Nuts
It’s now time to unscrew the lug nuts all the way. Since you’ve loosened them, it won’t be hard to unscrew even by hand.
Now Remove the Flat Tyre
Pull the tire out gently until its totally free from the hub behind it, by gripping the tire by the threads.
Place the Spare Tyre on the Lug bolts
Now mount the spare tire on the hub by lining up the rim with the lug bolts. Keep pushing it gently until the lug bolts become visible through the rim.
Tighten the Lug Nuts
Lower the Vehicle and Tighten the Nuts
Now lower the vehicle with the jack so. Now use the wrench to tighten the lug nuts, do this by turning it clockwise just as much as you can, and then push down the wrench with your body’s full weight.
Completely Lower the Vehicle
You now need to completely lower the vehicle and remove the jack placed beneath it.
Now the vehicle is all good to go as you have solved the problem at hand.