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!



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    15 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I'll bet the running commentary from bystanders was entertaining as well. Too bad you didn't record video with sound, huh?

    Of course, the method works well for all sorts of braggadocious pursuits, especially "Manly" ones I think. I have used it to clean fish with remarkable ease, for example.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    The limitation on my car would be the jack. It takes so many turns to get up and down. The actual replacement is fairly quick.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Whoa! I usually take less than five minutes, if this happens at a PM hour... about half an hour at any AM... :-P Like big floor jacks... hehehe... Good instru!

    aneelLithium Rain

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Yes. He's handy to have around. But I should warn you that he's a bit slow changing a tire.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I would highly recommend getting a t-bar style lug wrench, they are much easier to use and you can put a lot more force on them if the lug is real stubborn. Otherwise, nice instructable good photos and explanation.

    you should carry one of those monkeys in your trunk from the commercial to change the tire for you.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    to be safe you should tighten the bolts again after you have lowered the vehicle and removed the jack.


    takes me less than five mins but I used to be a tyrefitter so i guess that's disqualified... the longest part is alway get the space saver that they attatch to the bottom of the car via the stupid long bolt under the boot(trunk fer yanks)

    2 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, figuring out how to get the spare off of the bottom of the car (step not pictured) was a whopping 3 of the 13 minutes! In my friend's defense, it wasn't his car. It was also the first time the owner of this car had had to change a tire on it. I think with a little practice it would go faster.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    hmmm it's annoying tyre fitting because the cars are all different and trucks are a biznatch because there's only 3 ways to apply 500lbs of torque and pneumatic and petrol wrenches apply that to you the other involves a really long torque wrench with a lower weight limit of 8 stone joe joe, with a pistol style air wrench i could do four nuts in seconds they do one and don't have to centre the wheel on the hub the same way. and it's two guys to a wheel. (sorry I met a guy that did pit work and given our work he was slow as hell...)


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Those nascar people can change 4 tires in 12 seconds. Now thats a skill!!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Speculation is the best part of my day! It's always fun to speculate :)