You’re driving down the road when you hear a thump, feel a vibration, and then a loud flapping noise. Your steering wheel starts to pull to the side of where you heard the sound. One of your tires just went flat. If you’ve never come across this problem, you’re probably asking a couple of questions. What tools do I need to change a flat tire? How do I change a flat tire? Today, we will be teaching you how to do just that.
Sometimes, your vehicle may have a hidden compartment in the trunk area with these supplies. However, this is what you need to get if your vehicle does not have that hidden compartment. The four things needed to change your tire include a spare tire, an impact wrench, a lug wrench or a deep socket wrench that fits the lug nuts/bolts, and a jack. There are three different types of jacks that you can buy: a scissor jack, bottle jack or bumper jack. Some additional tools you might need, depending on the make, model and year of your vehicle, include a wheel lock, extensions bars and alignment studs.
Although this is all you really need to change a tire, there are some convenience tools you will want to buy as well. These items are recommended by professional mechanics: flashlight, gloves or hand wipes, tarp or mat, plastic rain poncho, tire pressure gauge, tire blocks, road flares or reflective triangles, and a sheet of plywood.
Now that you have the proper tools, here are the steps for changing your tire:
- Pull over to the side of road, put your car in park, and turn on your hazard lights.
- Use the jack to lift your vehicle until the tire is about six inches off the ground.
- Remove lug nuts using the lug wrench or deep socket wrench. Remove the flat tire and put on the new tire. Set lug nuts in a spot where they cannot roll away.
- Tighten the lug nuts onto the new tire.
- Slowly lower your vehicle and remove the jack from under your vehicle. Put everything away in your trunk and safely pull back onto the road.