Although you may have checked everything before you head out for a road trip, something might happen during your drive, like a flat tire. Thus, to know how to change a tire can be very helpful and Maxspeedingrods would like to lend you a hand.
Find a safe and flat spot to pull over so that the car would not roll, which is very dangerous when you change your tire. Also, be sure to set your parking brake and turn on your hazard lights.
Remove the hubcap. You can use a screwdriver to pry it off. Just insert the point of the tool where the edge of the cover meets the wheel and apply some leverage.
Loosen the lug nuts by turning couterclockwise. You should use a wrench to loosen the lug nuts, but don’t remove them, just get them loose enough to remove by hand after you jack up the vehicle. If the lug nuts are too tight, you can use your body weight or stomp on the wrench to make it.
Use the jack to lift the vehicle 6 inches off the ground. The jack should be firmly in place against the underside of the vehicle. Since proper locations vary among vehicle models, you should consult your owner’s manual to find the specific locations.
Remove the lug nuts and pull the flat tire off the car. Take the lug nuts completely off by hand and put them in piles so that they won’t get scattered, and then pull the tire straight toward you to remove it from the wheel base and roll it to the rear of the vehicle to get it out of your way.
Place the spare on the hub and put on the lug nuts. Push the spare all the way onto the wheel base, aligning the rim of the spare with the wheel bolts. And then put on the lug nuts, not fully tight, but just make sure they are on for the spare to stay on the car for the moment.
Lower the car back to the ground and tighten the lug nuts. After you bring your car down to the ground, remove the jack from underneath the car and then tighten all the lug nuts.
Put the hubcap back onto your car.
Put your flat tire and tools back in your trunk. Remember to bring everything back to your car.