How to Change a Flat Tire

By Garber Fox Lake Toyota | August 28th, 2018

Technician replacing a tire.

Knowing how to change a flat tire is an important skill that all drivers from Libertyville and beyond should know. Before you get started, make sure you have the following supplies:

  • Lug Wrench
  • Jack
  • Inflated Spare Tire
  • 2″x6″ Piece of Wood
  • Car Owner’s Manual
  • Wheel Wedges

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How to Change a Tire

When you realize that your tire is flat, slowly pull over onto a flat, level surface. Make sure not to stop on a blind corner, as that can be unsafe. Then take these steps to change a flat tire:

  • Activate your hazard lights so other drivers can see you.
  • Pull your parking brake lever even if you’re on even ground.
  • Put the wheel wedges under the wheels opposite of the tire you’re changing. For example, if you’re changing a front tire, you’ll want to put the wedges behind the rear tires.
  • Position the jack under the car’s frame. Check your owner’s manual for specific instructions.
  • Place the wood piece between the jack and the frame. Begin jacking up the car.
  • Use the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts, then take them off by hand.
  • Take off the flat tire by pulling it toward you. Lay it flat on the ground.
  • Put the spare tire on and tighten the lug nuts by hand.
  • Lower the jack. Once the car is slightly lower, use the lug wrench to finish tightening the nuts.
  • Finish lowering the car until it’s firmly on the ground.
  • Double check the spare to make sure it’s the right pressure.

Head to a service center like the one at Garber Fox Lake Toyota for a new tire. Most spare tires shouldn’t be driven for more than 70 miles before being replaced. Even if you have a full-size spare, it’s a good idea to visit us near Lake Geneva, WI to make sure the tire fits your vehicle.

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