Changing a Tire in 8 Easy Steps

Been a little reluctant to try changing a tire on your own?  Go ahead!…the weather’s beautiful…and it beats trial by fire along side a highway when you’re late for a meeting.

Here they are 3 steps…easy peasy, lemon squeezy:

  1. Loosen the Lugs – Once the car is on flat ground and the brake is set, break the lugs loose by turning them counterclockwise.
  2. Jack up the Car – Raise the car with the jack until the flat tire is completely raised off the ground.
  3. Off With the Flat – Once the car is off the ground, fully remove the wheel lugs and take off the flat tire.


Here’s the slightly longer version:

  1. Get to a safe spot
  2. Find your spare tire, jack and tire iron
  3. Loosen the wheel lugs
  4. Jack up the car
  5. Remove the flat tire
  6. Install the spare
  7. Lower the car and tighten the wheel lugs completely
  8. Important details about compact spare tires


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  1. Last month, I got a flat tire while I was on vacation. I kind stranger stopped to change the tire for me, but I really wish that I had known how to do that on my own. Thank you for the 8 tips above, but I do have a question about the jack. My car didn’t come with a jack, and so do you think that I can buy just any jack or do I have to get a jack that is specific to my vehicle?


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