Change a Flat Tire in 10 Steps

Having access to 24/7 roadside assistance is a modern marvel but calling for help isn’t always the best option when you have a flat tire. Depending on how long it will take for help to arrive, you could very well change the tire by yourself and be on your way. As long as you know the steps to change a flat tire and don’t mind a little work, it’s simple. If you don’t know how, we here at Graff Chevy are happy to help!

  1. Before leaving your home, make sure your car is stocked with a jack, wrench, and spare tire.
  2. When your tire runs flat, pull off to the side of a straight roadway and turn on your hazard lights. Avoid hills and curves – they can be dangerous.
  3. Remove your hubcap and get to work loosening each lug nut with your wrench. Keep the car on the ground for leverage.
  4. Once the lug nuts are loose, raise the car with your jack. Six inches off the ground will do. Consult your owner’s manual for proper jack placement.
  5. Finish removing the lug nuts and remove the flat tire by pulling out and away from the car.
  6. Push your spare tire in as far as it will go.
  7. Start replacing the bolts but don’t tighten them too much just yet.
  8. Lower the car back to the ground.
  9. Tighten the lug nuts as much as you can.
  10. Replace the hubcap, stow away your tools, and head back out on the road. Don’t forget to get a new spare!

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