How To Change a Flat Tire

Driving your own vehicle is kind of fun. Right? You can go anywhere you want, enjoying picturesque view of nature out from your window. Sure, driving is one thing enjoyed by all.  But everything fun comes with its own cons.
 
While driving is bliss, it comes with a very irritating thing that is the flat tires. Yes, you can have flat tiers anywhere, be it in the middle of the busy road or the lonely road in woods. Therefore, it is really necessary to know how to change your tire because not every time technical help is nearby.

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Things you will need to change a flat tire. 

Its always a good idea to carry these things in your car, because you never know when you might encounter a flat tire.

1. Jack
2. Lug wrench
3. A spare tire (fully inflated)
4. Vehicle's owner manual
 
So, here is a simple step-by-step DIY guide that shows you how to change tires :
 
1. Go to a safe location
The need to change the tire can occur at any place, be it in the middle of a jungle or in the middle of a road. So, it would be a nice idea to first go to a safe place. As soon as you realize that there is a flat tire, do not apply brakes abruptly and start changing it in the middle of the road disrupting entire traffic. 
Keep on driving slowly, until you find a safe spot. Search for a level ground, as it will prevent your vehicle from rolling down.
 
2. Turn on the hazard lights
You should turn on your hazard light as it will help other drivers to see you on the side of the road. To avoid any mishaps from happening, turning on as soon as you start pulling over will be a safe thing to do.
 
3. Keep parking brakes on
Turning on the parking brakes will avoid your vehicle from rolling and causing any further discomforts. So, after finding a right spot, apply parking brakes and then start doing your business.

4. Wheel wedges will come to the rescue
Wheel wedges is another measure to ensure that your vehicle isn’t rolling forward or backward, when you have parked it on the side to change tires. Wheel wedges goes in the front or back of the wheels. 
 
When you are dealing with the front tires, put wedges in the back of rear tires and when rear tires are dealt, put them in front of front tires.

You can use a brick or any other heavy stuffs from keeping your vehicle rolling.
 
5. Loosen the lug nuts
Use you lug wrench, some of your muscular power and turn the nut anti clockwise until the resistance is broke.
 
Just loose it up about ½ or ¼ the turn and save the further for the time when tire is to be removed.
 
6. Use that jack
Place the jack beneath the vehicle frame alongside the tire that is flat and lift it safely. Take out the users’ manual and read carefully about the instruction of the jack.

Once the jack is placed inside the vehicle, to avoid the jack from crippling under the pressure of vehicle place 2*6” wood beneath it and then use it to lift your vehicle. After the jack is positioned carefully, lift your car up until it is six inches above the ground.
 
7. Unscrew the nuts completely.
You have already unscrewed them ½ or ¼ of the lug nuts, now once your vehicle is above the ground, unscrew them completely.
 
8. Remove the flat tires
Once the nuts are unscrewed completely, it a time to remove those flat tires.
 
Grab the tire by its treads, pull it toward you gently and set it aside so that it doesn’t roll away.
 
9. Place the spare tire on lug bolts
Once the tire is removed completely, put the spare one on the lug bolts until it is shows through the rims. 
 
10. Tighten them
Put the lug nuts on the lug bolts again and slightly turn them round them with hands. You need to tighten them further by wrench once vehicle is lowered.
 
11. Lower the vehicle
Use the jack to lower the vehicle now, and then use the wrench to tighten up the lug nut to the fullest.
Then lower the vehicle completely and remove the jack.  Give the lug nuts another pull with the wrench and ensure they are tight as possible.
 
13. Put all the equipment back in the car safely
Do not drive away leaving all of your equipment behind. You have used your lug wrench, jack, hubcap, and flat tire, so keep them all at the safe place in your vehicle.
 
Do not forget to check your spare tire for pressure.
 
TADA!! You just changed your flat tier!! Hope this DIY tire changing guide will help you when are you on the road and encounter a flat tire!
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