Introduction: Change a Tire the Easy Way
Got a flat? Got a friend around who's proud of their flat-changing skills? I'll show you how to get that spare on in one easy step!
Step 1: Speculate About How Long It'll Take to Fix the Tire
So you've got a flat tire, and your friend is standing around...
All you have to do is start musing about how long it's going to take to fix the flat, and how you might as well just call AAA and have them send a tow truck out. Your friend should say something like "Oh, I changed the tire on my Volvo in five minutes!" At that point your tire is practically changed. Just say "Wow, I find that hard to believe. Five minutes?" Your friend should say, "Here, I'll show you!"
Stand back and watch the tire get changed effortlessly!
Step 2: Wait. You Wanted Actual Instructions?
Keep in mind that I'm not the one changing the tire here. Heck, it's not even my car! Make sure your friend is competent before you try this yourself! She (or he) should know all of this stuff already. Have him (or her) check out Trebuchet03's Instructable instead of this one.
Step 3: Break the Nuts
Get your friend to "break" (loosen) the nuts holding the wheel on before he jacks the car up. Otherwise when he tries to turn them, the force he applies may rotate the wheel instead of turning the nut.
Step 4: Place the Jack
Make sure your friend checks that the parking brake is set, and sets a chock in front of the other tires so the car doesn't roll away. Have him look at the diagram in the owner's manual to determine which points in the frame are solid enough to place the jack under.
Step 5: Jack Up the Car
Have your friend crank the jack up until the wheel is off of the ground.
Step 6: Remove the Nuts
They should be loose from Step 3, so your friend should have an easy time unscrewing them the rest of the way.
Step 7: Remove the Wheel
Have your friend pull the wheel off of the axle bolts.
Step 8: Put on the Spare
Have your friend put the spare onto those same axle bolts.
Step 9: Hand-tighten the Nuts
Have your friend tighten the nuts by hand to get the wheel squarely on the axle.
Step 10: Tighten the Nuts
Have your friend tighten the nuts a bit more, so the wheel doesn't fall off.
Step 11: Uncrank the Jack
Have your friend lower the jack.
Step 12: Make Fun of Your Friend
What? It took 13 minutes, instead of the 5 he claimed? He'll have to train up!