How To Change a Flat Car Tire

Updated: 20 March, 2016 seen 41

Last summer I learnt not only how to change a roof for old rural house, also I excelled as a tire guy. During last summer I changed tires for our old junk car at least six times. 

To this day I still don't know why we got so many flat tires (most probably, because I bought cheap used tires at local tire workshop). Anyhow, it was the next morning after we added first metal roof plates a top of our house, when I noticed a flat tire has happened again (without any reason).  I was already equipped with leg pump (and luckily I had bought a spare tire just some few days ago)

N.B. By living in rural area - a spare tire, tools and basic know how is required to survive.

at first I pumped in some air into the tire

at first I pumped in some air into the tire

jacking up car

jacking up car

make sure you are on the flat surface and most recommended on hard soil as well. I had a problems with soft soil, so I used additional bricks just in the case if jack will lean or fall apart.

you can use a spare tire also

you can use a spare tire also as an emergency safety net

More experienced drivers taught me to put spare tire under car while removing flat tire. 

Use the wrench to loosen the lug nuts

Use the wrench to loosen the lug nuts

Following have been taken from: How To Change a Tire

  1. You may need to remove the hubcap. Don't remove the lug nuts at this point; simply loosen them by turning the wrench to the left (counter-clockwise). If the lug nuts are really tight, try placing the wrench on the nut and standing on the wrench arm to use your full weight on it. You can also try hitting the wrench arm with a rock.
  2. Use the jack to lift the vehicle off the ground. 
  3. Remove the lug nuts and pull the tire off the car.
  4. Place the spare on the car
  5. Put on the lug nuts.
  6. Lower the car back to the ground. 
  7. Make sure the lug nuts are tightened.

Stay safe!


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