Change A Flat Tire Checklist

Lauren Meir

Lauren Meir

created on May 10, 2012

4.78 with 88 votes
    This gives instructions on exactly how to position the jack under your car.
    Some are easier to remove than others. If you can't remove your hubcap by hand, you may need a socket to loosen the bolt covers. Put the socket over the covers and loosen - you may need to do more than one in order to pry the hubcap loose.
    ;Use the lug wrench by placing it on the tire’s lug nuts.
    ;Check your owner’s manual of your vehicle on how to correctly place the jack under your car. Typically, the manual is located in the glove compartment.
    ;Crank the tire jack until the wheel is high above ground, enough for you to safely remove it.
    ;Remove the loosened lug nuts from the wheel. You should be able to do this by hand.
    ;Line up the lugs with the holes in the wheel and slide on.
    ;Lower the tire jack until the wheel is firmly touching the ground.
    ;The lug nuts have to be fastened securely on for safety, so use your lug wrench for this.
    Spare tires are usually smaller than regular tires and if it's your first time changing a flat, you'll want to be extra cautious.
    ...just in case this happens again!
    In case you can't change the flat yourself, and only have to travel a short distance to someone who can help.
4.78 with 88 votes


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Got a flat tire, and need help fast? Don't despair! With our Change a Flat Tire Checklist we'll show you how to safely fix your flat, and you'll be back on the road in no time.

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