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How To Change Your Tires

There's a good chance that you or someone you know will experience having a flat tire at some point in their driving career, and knowing how to change your own tires is always a great skill to have if you don't feel like waiting and paying for a tow truck or road side assistance. There are certain precautions you should take and tools you should always have in your car when it comes to changing a tire out on the road. We've compiled some tips so you can be a tire changing pro and take control of the situation should you ever get a flat tire in the Lancaster area and have to change it.

Tools You'll Need

You should familiarize yourself with a car jack and lug wrench, as well as where your spare tire is located. Most all cars come equipped with a simple jack and lug wrench, although it is sometimes better to invest in a higher quality jack to make the process easier.

Optional Items:

  • Flashlight
  • Gloves
  • Rain Jacket or Poncho
  • Tire Pressue Gauge
  • Tire Blocks
  • Mat to Kneel On

Changing Your Flat Tire

Follow these steps to stay safe and get your tire changed in no time:

1. Pull Over to a Safe Spot. If you're on a highway, your safest bet is to get off at the next available exit or designated pullover area, even if that means driving on your flat/blown out tire. If this isn't an option, pull over as far as possible onto the shoulder. Do not park in the middle, pull over so that the right side of your vehicle is as close to the barrier as you can get it. Also, do not pull over on a curving section of a road, as it will be difficult or impossible for approaching vehicles to see you. Make sure the ground you stop on is flat, so you can safely jack your car up. Drivers with manual transmissions should be sure to engage the parking brake.

2. Turn On Hazard Lights. It's important to turn these on to give other drivers that extra visual warning to alert them that you're stopped. Once your hazards are engaged, proceed to gather your tools.

3. Loosen Lug Nuts With Your Wrench. If you have a hubcap, this will have to be removed. You don't want to remove your lug nuts at this point, simply loosen them up by turning the wrench to the left. Some lugs may be extra tight, in this case you can use your foot or stand on the wrench to give it that extra force.

4. Lift the Vehicle Off the Ground With the Jack. Consult your owners manual to find the specific location where you should place the jack, as it varies from different car makes and models. Once you have the jack secured in place, jack the vehicle up until your tire is about 6 inches off of the ground.

5. Remove Lug Nuts and Pull Tire Off. Make sure you place the lug nuts in a place that they won't get lost or scattered. Once all of the lug nuts are removed, pull the tire straight toward you and remove it from the wheel base.

6. Place the Spare Tire on the Car. Line up the lug nut posts with the hole in the rim of the spare tire. Push the spare tire all the way onto the wheel base until it won't go any further.

7. Put on the Lug Nuts. Tighten the lug nuts by turning the wrench to the right. Just tighten them enough to hold the tire in place, as you will fully tighten them later on.

8. Lower the Car Back to the Ground. Use the jack to bring the car back onto the ground, be sure to be away from the car when releasing the jack. Remove the jack from underneath the car once it's been released.

9. Make Sure Lug Nuts are Tight. Now that the car is on the ground, go ahead and fully tighten the lug nuts. Instead of fully tightening them one by one, go about 50% and move to the lug nut across from it, tightening the same amount. Keep gradually doing this until all lug nuts are fully tightened, this keeps the tire from being set in further in one spot.

10. Put Flat and Tools In Trunk. Put away your tires, and your flat tire, as you're going to need the rim for a new tire. Don't leave anything on the side of the road.

You may be able to revive your flat if it isn't completely blown out when it gets flat. If the cause is from some sort of nail or sharp object, and do not want to change your tire on the side of the road, you can prolong the tire for a few miles by using a flat-fix sealant/spray. This can atleast give you enough time to get to an exit or service station the change your tire safely. Of course, you can always call us here at Hurst's Tire Service with any of your needs for tires in Lancaster.

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