In the unfortunate event you wind up with a flat tire on the
side of the road, you want to be prepared. While you can choose to call a tow
truck, there's no knowing how long it will take them to get there. Knowing how
to change a tire yourself will save you time and potentially money.
You will need a jack, lug wrench, a fully inflated spare
tire, and your vehicle's owner's manual. Other items that can be useful include
a flashlight, rain poncho, small piece of 2"x6" wood, work gloves, and wheel
If you don't have the right tools or a spare tire, don't worry - call Slingerland and we'll get it changed for you! Just schedule a service appointment below.
- Make sure your car is in a safe place. If
needed, drive slowly until you find an ideal place. Apply the parking brake and
turn on your hazard lights.
- Put the wheel wedges in front of or behind the
tires at the opposite end of the car that has the flat.
- Remove the hubcaps, if needed. Loosen the lug
nuts using the lug wrench, but don't remove them yet.
- Put the jack under the car and keep it stable
using the small piece of wood. Look for a clear area of exposed metal along the
frame to place the jack.
- Raise the vehicle until the flat tire is about
six inches off of the ground. Do not put any part of your body under the raised
- Remove the lug nuts completely. You may be able
to do this by hand since you already loosened them. Next, grip the tire by the
tread and pull it towards you until it is free from the hub. Lay it flat on the
- Place the spare tire on the hub and line up the
lug bolts. Tighten the lug nuts by hand.
- Lower the vehicle so the tire is resting on the
ground and tighten the lug nuts as much as you can using the wrench.
- Completely lower the vehicle and remove the
- Clean up all of your equipment and check the
pressure of the spare. If it is too low, drive slowly to a service station
where you can fill it with air.