Do It Yourself: Change A Tire

One of the most common emergencies people experience is getting a flat tire. Unpredictable road conditions make this a possibility anywhere at any time, so it is wise to understand the tire-changing resources you have in your car and how to use them.


• Spare tire
• lugnut wrench
• tire key (for some models)
• jack

  1. Find a safe spot to pull over.

    Choose a flat spot away from traffic. Be sure to set your parking brake!

  2. Turn on your hazard lights.
    Look for a red triangle symbol or button on your dashboard.

  3. Locate jack, wrench, spare tire and tire key.
    These items should be in the trunk of your car. Not every car uses a tire key.

  4. Use the wrench to loosen the lug nuts.
    For tight nuts, place the wrench on the nut and stand on the wrench arm.

  5. Use the jack to lift the vehicle off the ground.
    Owner’s manual will show where to place jack.
    Jack up car until the tire is 6 inches off ground.

  6. Remove the lug nuts and pull the tire off.
    Pull the tire straight toward yourself to remove it from the wheel base.

  7. Place the spare tire on the car.
    Lineup holes with lug posts before placing.
    Then replace the lug nuts, but not too tightly!

  8. Lower the car to the ground using the jack.
    Remove the jack from underneath the car.

  9. Make sure the lug nuts are tightened.
    Tighten them in a star pattern until they are at their tightest.

  10. Put your flat tire and tools back in your trunk.
    Make sure you don’t leave anything on the side of the road.

Click Here for a printable PDF of the instructions.
Keep them in your glove compartment as a handy reference!

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