How To Change Your Car's Tire

When Glendale drivers are out on the road, sometimes things don't go smoothly. In preparation of the unexpected, we want to walk you through how to change a tire on your vehicle. While we hope you never need it, it's good to know for those just-in-case situations. We also recommend all drivers consult their owner's manual for additional instructions or tips.

How To Change a Flat Tire: 
  1. Make sure your vehicle is in a safe location. While realizing you have a flat tire can be alarming, make sure you don't abruptly turn or brake. Safely slow down your speed and navigate to an area that's safe for you to change your flat tire with your spare. Never try to change your tire on a narrow shoulder of the road or somewhere that you are not visible by oncoming traffic. 
  2. Make sure you turn on your vehicle's hazard lights as soon as you realize your tire is flat. 
  3. Once you've found a safe area to change your tire and have your flashing lights on, apply your vehicle's parking brake. You should also apply wheel wedges to keep your vehicle from rolling. 
  4. Next step will be to take off your vehicle tire's hubcap or wheel cover. If you're having issues removing your hubcap, consult your owner's manual. 
  5. Once you have the hubcap/wheel cover off, it's time to loosen the flat tire's lug nuts. You'll need a lug wrench for this and will turn the lug nuts counterclockwise to loosen. Some of these may be difficult to loosen. Reminder to just loosen them and not fully remove yet. 
  6. It's time to jack up your vehicle. Properly position the jack, and raise your vehicle a few inches off the ground. Safety reminder: never put any part of your body under the raised vehicle. 
  7. Now that your car is jacked up, it's time to completely remove the lug nuts using the lug wrench. 
  8. Remove the flat tire from your vehicle by pulling forward. Once off, set it on the site in a position where it won't roll away. 
  9. Grab your spare tire and align so the lug bolts show through. 
  10. Once the spare is on and properly align, tighten the lug nuts. Tighten the lug nuts as much as you can with your hands. 
  11. Once you've tightened the lug nuts by hand, lower the vehicle back to the ground carefully. You'll want the spare tire to be sitting back on the ground, but you don't want the full weight of the vehicle on the tire yet. 
  12. Tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench in a clockwise fashion as much as you can. 
  13. Once the lug nuts are back on and tightened, fully lower the vehicle to the ground. 
  14. Replace your wheel cover/hubcap onto the spare tire. If it doesn't fit, store the wheel cover/hubcap for when you have a new tire. 
  15. Check the tire pressure on your spare tire to make sure it's safe to drive on. 
Once you have your spare on, we recommend getting your vehicle into a service center as quickly as possible. Spare tires are meant to be temporary solutions and should be replaced by a new tire. Spare tires are not meant for high speed or long distance driving.
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