DIY Tire Changing
Step-by-Step Instructions for DIY Tire Changing
Changing a tire is one of the easiest DIY jobs a motorist can do and it is also one of the most common. Getting a flat tire is something that all drivers encounter at one point in their lives but they can easily deal with it by following these instructions.
- Find a proper area. A tire shouldn't be changed in the exact spot the car stops in. You need a flat surface so that the car does not roll away and it should be as far away from traffic as possible. If it is by the side of the road, it would be a good idea to keep the hazard lights on. For added security, the car should be in "Park" the handbrake should be on and the tires should be secured in place with a heavy object such as a rock.
- Get the right tools. Obviously, changing a tire will require a spare tire, but you will also need a jack and a wrench. The jack needs to be placed in the right position, under the metal frame. It can't go just anywhere as most cars have molded plastic along the bottom and this surface would simply crack when lifting with the jack.
- Remove the flat tire. Once the jack is in place properly, you can remove the wheel cover using a sharp tool for leverage to pry it open. A screwdriver would work great. Afterwards you can loosen up the lug nuts on the wheel using a wrench. Be careful not to misplace them when removing the lug nuts. When all of them are off, the flat tire should simply slide off the lug bolts as you pull it towards you.
- Place the new tire. The new tire should slip onto the lug bolts without too much difficulty, though it can be hard to lift the tire in place by yourself.
- Secure the new tire. Put back the lug nuts and begin screwing them back on, but do not being tightening them until the car is off the jack and back on the ground. When the vehicle has been lowered, use the wrench to tighten the lug nuts as much as possible. It is important to check each one afterwards and make sure that none of them are wobbly. Finally, after this is done you can mount the wheel cover back on and you are done.