Introduction: How to Change a Tire

Tools/Materials to have:
1.Car Jack
2. Socket Wrench
3. Spare Tire
4. Flat Surface

Step 1: Flat Surface

If car is on hill, car will roll when car is raised up.

Step 2: Loosen Lug Nuts With Socket Wrench

Loosening the lug nuts on the flat tire with all them to be easier to take off when jacked up

Step 3: Raise the Car Up

Using the car jack, raise the car up so that the tire can be removed. You will have to place the car jack under the side of the car so that the jack can lift the side where the damaged tire is up into the air.

Step 4: Remove Nuts

Now with the Socket Wrench you will continue to remove those nuts that were already loosen. You can also use your hand if they are already loose.

Step 5: Change Tire With Spare

Now take off old flat tire and put on brand new/ spare tire, making sure that the wholes on the rim of the tire are place perfectly in place that the nuts can screw onto the bolts.

Step 6: Attach Lug Nuts

With your hand or with the socket wrench put the lug nuts back on, but do not try to tighten them while the car is suspended in the air.

Step 7: Lowering Car

- Using the car jack, lower the car back down to the floor all the way that jack can be removed without any force.
- Then make sure that the lug nuts are tighten on the tire.

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andre_2004 (author)2011-10-11

I guess it is missing one important point, it is very recommended to put the step wheel under the car so that if any problem happens with the jack and the car falls down, the step will keep a gap enough to fit the jack again and avoid any damage on the car.
the same shall be done with the flat tire when you are attaching the new tire.

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Daniel Deacon (author)andre_20042012-02-04

if the jack failed it would crush you to not just the car!

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verence (author)2011-10-01


Step 2: Losen them, but do not unscrew them. A quarter turn maximum. You car is still resting on the wheel!

Step 3: Check with your car's manual where to put the jack. The structure of your car might be damaged if you choose the wrong spot. Often, the correct positions are marked on the manufacturers jacks (although they often are a PITA to use).

Step 6/7: Do not tighten the nuts clockwise (or counter clockwise). Move across the centre. I.e. if you have 4 screws (and think them numbered clockwise), go 1-3-2-4, if you have 5 nuts (and think them numbered clockwise) go 1-3-5-2-4.
Use a torque wrench.

Before you start:
If the terrain is not flat - put a wedge under the opposite wheel.
Engage the hand brake - this will stop rear wheel from spinning.
If you have a manual gear box and change a front tire: put the first gear in - this will stop the front wheel from spinning. (There is a tiny, unfeasible, remote option that you might start the car by spinning a front wheel, so remove the key from the car and put it into your pocket. Problem solved.) I have no experience with automatic gear boxes, sorry.

After changing a tire/all tires drive to/stop at the next fuel station and check the pressure. It may have lost some air after some months unused - i.e. the pressure will be too low.

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