Changing a Tire
Have you ever been stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire? Would you like to learn how to change a tire so you don’t have to ask for help? Here are some steps from Gerber Collision and Glass on how to change a tire.
Find a flat surface to change the tire. You don’t want your car to roll. Put the parking brake on and put your car into park. If you have a standard transmission, put your vehicle in first or reverse. Set a heavy object in front of the front and back tires. Take out the spare tire and the jack. Place the jack under the frame near the tire that you are going to change. Make sure the jack is in contact with the metal portion of your car’s frame.
Raise the jack until it is supporting the car. Make sure it is not lifting the car. The jack should be firmly in place against the bottom of the vehicle. Make sure the jack is perpendicular to the ground.
Remove the hub cap and undo the nuts by turning them counterclockwise. Don’t take them all the way off. Crank the jack to lift the tire off the ground. You need to lift it high enough to remove the flat tire and change it with a spare. Take the nuts off all the way. Remove the tire. Place the spare tire on the hub. Align the rim of the spare tire with the wheel bolts, and then put on the lug nuts.
Tighten the nuts by hand until they are all tight. Lower the car without putting full weight on the tire. Tighten the nuts as much as you can. Lower the car to the ground and remove the jack. Finish tightening the nuts and replace the hubcap.