Changing a Tire: Your Step-by-Step Guide

Flat tire? You’ve got this! Use this guide to replace that flat quickly and get back on the road in no time.

  1. Make sure your car is in a safe position on the road. If it’s not, call an expert or roadside assistance — they’re always ready to help.
  2. Next, put your car in park and set your parking brake. If you’re not in a flat area, block your tires with a rock or chunk of wood to keep it from rolling.
  3. Then, take out your spare and tire-changing tools, typically located in your trunk, under your car, on the rear door, or in storage cubbies on the sides of your trunk.
  4. Loosen the lug nuts by turning the wrench counterclockwise — they’re probably on very tight, so get ready to use your full body weight or foot, if needed!
  5. Now it’s time for the jack. Raise the car by placing the jack under the metal frame of your car, just behind the front tire or in front of the rear tire — depending on which one is flat.
  6. Then, remove the lug nuts. Be sure to keep them together so they’re easy to find later!
  7. Now, pull off the flat tire and replace it with your spare.
  8. Using your hand, put the lug nuts back on as tightly as you can, twisting them clockwise.
  9. Lower the jack until the tire touches the ground.
  10. Using the wrench, finish tightening the lug nuts, then lower the jack completely and remove it.
  11. Finally, put your tools and flat tire back in the car and head to a service station as soon as you can to get your flat tire repaired.

Help is never far away. Contact your agent to find out more about our Emergency Roadside Assistance, and we’ll be there to fix a flat tire for you, if there’s ever a next time.



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