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How to Change a Flat Tire

PARTS
  • Tire Repair Kit
TOOLS
  • Floor Jack
STEPS
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Safety Tip: Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.
1
Park the vehicle on a solid, level surface and set the parking brake.
Note: If you are driving when a flat tire occurs, pull off to the side of the road and turn on the hazard lights. Place a reflective triangle on the road if you have one. Do not attempt to replace a flat tire on the road if it is not safe. 7906 Source:http://www.driverrehabproducts.com/wp-content/uploads/flares02.jpg [/step]
2
Locate and remove your spare tire, jack, and tire iron. For cars, the spare tire is usually found in the trunk under the floor board. For SUVs and Trucks, it's underneath the rear end or behind the rear door. 7916 7907 7917 Source: http://www.roadfly.com/new-cars/wp-content/uploads/gallery/2008-nissan-titan/nissan-titan-spare-tire.jpg Source: http://0.tqn.com/d/cars/1/0/9/s/1/SpareTire.jpg Source: http://www.handa-accessories.com/crv/05sparetire.jpg
3
If necessary, use the tire iron or a flat head screw driver to pry the hub cap from the wheel. Loosen the wheel lug nuts buy turning them counter clockwise with a tire iron. Do not remove the lug nuts until the vehicle is raised.
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4
Using the jack, lift the vehicle where the flat tire is located. Check your vehicle owner's manual for proper jacking locations. 7912 Source:http://www.bimmerdiy.com/diy/e36oilchange/Jack1.jpg
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Remove the lug nuts. Remove the flat tire and set it aside. 7910 Source:http://farm1.static.flickr.com/67/257585355_ade90174e8.jpg
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6.Install the spare tire on the wheel hub by aligning the lug nut holes with the studs. Install the lug nuts and snug them down with the tire iron or cross wrench. (See illustration below) 7911 Source: http://www.tirerack.com/images/wheels/tech/torque_diagram.jpg
7
Lower the vehicle to the ground and remove the jack. Tighten the lug nuts evenly in a crisscross pattern. Make sure all nuts are tight.
8
If applicable, re-install the hub cap. Place the flat tire in the trunk, and return the car jack and the tire iron to their proper locations. Check the lug nuts with a torque wrench when you reach your destination.
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