There is never a good time for a flat tire, which means knowing how to change a tire will always come in handy.
Flat tires can prove dangerous to both passengers and the vehicle itself. The lack of air pressure will pull the vehicle to one side, making it harder to drive in a straight line and harder to control the wheel.
If possible, change your flat tire as soon as you can to avoid injury and damages. Thankfully, changing a tire is not nearly as intimidating as it sounds – as long as you know what to do. Be sure to carry these items in your vehicle at all times and adhere to the following guidelines.
- Spare Tire
- Lug Wrench
- Owner’s Manual
- Wheel Wedges
- Road Flares or Warning Triangles
- Tire Pressure Gauge
If you do not own the necessary or recommended items for changing a tire, visit your local Trick Trucks location. We have everything you need when it comes to a roadside emergency.
Step 1: Find a safe location to pull over.
The first step is the most important step. Do not settle when it comes to safety. Find a safe location to change your tire – wide shoulder or an empty parking lot.
Once you find a safe location to pull over, turn your hazards lights on. This will add to your level of safety by helping other drivers on the road see you.
Step 2. Apply the parking brake and wheel wedges.
When changing a tire, the risk of your vehicle rolling is high, especially the the vehicle is lifted. That is why it is important to apply the parking brake and wheel wedges.
If you do not know how to operate your parking brake, refer to your vehicle’s owner manual.
Wheel wedges minimize the risk of your vehicle rolling by blocking the wheels. If you have a flat tire in the rear, place the wedges in front of the front tires. If you are changing the front tire, place the wedges behind the rear tires.
Step 3: Loosen the lug nuts.
If you have a hubcap covering the lug nuts, remove the wheel cover.
If your tire does not have a cover, proceed to loosen the lug nuts using the lug wrench. Turn the lug nuts counterclockwise until you break their resistance, but do not remove them entirely.
Step 4: Raise the vehicle with the jack.
Place the jack underneath the vehicle’s frame next to the flat tire. Then raise the vehicle until the flat tire is lifted six inches off the ground.
If you are unsure about where to place the jack, refer to your owner’s manual for specific instructions.
Step 5: Remove the lug nuts and tire.
Once the vehicle is lifted to the proper height, remove all the lug nuts completely. You can do this by hand or with the lug wrench.
Once you have successfully removed the lug nuts, remove the flat tire by pulling it forward, away from the lug bolts.
Step 6: Mount the spare tire.
Place the spare tire on the hub and gently push it back. The rim should line up with the lug bolts.
Step 7: Tighten the lug nuts.
Replace the lug nuts onto the lug bolts and tighten as much as you can by hand.
Step 8: Lower the vehicle with the jack.
Using the jack, lower the vehicle back onto the ground. Using the lug wrench, fully tighten the lug nuts by turning them clockwise.
Step 9: Drive your vehicle to Trick Trucks.
Temporary spare tires are just that – temporary. They are designed to get the vehicle to the auto shop so the tire can be repaired or replaced. Spare tires are not designed to be used as a regular tire – drivers are cautioned against using spare tires for long distances or high speeds.
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