March 29, 2023

How to change a flat tire (10 easy steps with images)

It’s easy to forget that a flat tire could happen to us at any time. But instead of worrying about where that situation might hit us, we can always be prepared for it. Here’s an easy step by step guide that will help you remember or learn about the process. Ready?

1. Look for a safe spot where you can start working (if you can, select a leveled ground spot). This can be at the side of the road or in a nearby parking lot. Once you’re parked, set the emergency brake and turn on the flasher lights. 
Note: if you’re on a hill, place a heavy object (could be a log/rock) in the direction the car could roll towards.

2. Locate your owner’s manual and your spare tire, then take out your tools. Now it’s time to observe your tire.

Some cars have their lug nuts exposed, but there are other models that have them hidden behind a hubcap (plastic shield). If there is a hubcap, loosen the plastic screws and remove it. Then with a lug wrench, loosen some lugs. Don’t remove them yet!

3. Locate your car’s jack. Since not all models are the same, your owner’s manual will tell you where to correctly place the jack, normally it’s under the frame. Once you’re set, use the jack turning clockwise to lift up your car. Stop when your tire is off the ground.

4. Remove all the lugs from the wheel with the Lug Wrench or by hand. (Remember you’ve already loosen them).
*Remember Left = Loose

5. Then remove the flat tire pulling towards you.

6. Mount the spare tire with the holes and screws aligned and then push the wheel.

7. Screw the lug nuts by hand (turn the lugs to the right).

8. Lower your car using the jack counterclockwise. Then remove the jack.

9. Once your car is back on the ground use the Lug Wrench to tighten up each lug nut.

10. You’re all set! If you can, check the tire’s air pressure at the nearest gas station where you can stop.

Remember spare tires are not meant to replace a tire, they help you fix a temporary problem. So when you can, drive to your nearest tire shop to get your old tire fixed or a new replacement. We hope you liked this blog, remember at OCHO we are always here to help!

Note: some auto insurance quotes come with roadside assistance coverage that can help you in case of a flat tire. To explore auto insurance quotes click here!