waking up and discovering that a vehicle has a flat tire or ending up on the side of the road with a flat tire. The reason this situation is so horrible for many drivers is that quite a few people have no idea how to change their own tire. Once a person has learned how to handle changing a tire on their own having a flat tire becomes nothing more than a minor inconvenience.
Before you get ready to tackle changing a flat tire, make sure that you have all of the proper equipment. Many vehicles come with the necessary materials but it is always better to be safe so that you do not end up being very sorry. Most of these items are in the trunk of the average vehicle underneath a mat. If you are unsure of where the material needed to change a tire is located read your vehicles owner manual.
The things that you need to change a flat tire are a car jack for raising the vehicle, a tire iron, and a spare tire. When you have these items and you are sure the car on level ground use the tire iron to loosen the lug nuts which are attaching the tire to the car. Once the lug nuts are loosened (do not remove them) it is time to use the car jack to raise the car. The car only needs to be jacked up enough to raise the tire two inches from the ground and once the tire is off of the ground it is safe to completely remove the lug nuts and the flat tire. It is then safe to place the spare tire on the vehicle and replace the lug nuts. Make sure the lug nuts are on securely before lowering your vehicle and then use the tire iron to make sure that the lug nuts are completely secure.