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 wedges.

  1.  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.
  2. Put the wheel wedges in front of or behind the tires at the opposite end of the car that has the flat.
  3. Remove the hubcaps, if needed. Loosen the lug nuts using the lug wrench, but don't remove them yet.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 car.
  6. 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 ground.
  7. Place the spare tire on the hub and line up the lug bolts. Tighten the lug nuts by hand.
  8. Lower the vehicle so the tire is resting on the ground and tighten the lug nuts as much as you can using the wrench.
  9. Completely lower the vehicle and remove the jack.
  10. 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.
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.


Slingerland Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT

3640 East M-21
Directions Corunna, MI 48817-9424

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