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Got a flat tire? Learn How to Replace a Flat Tire With These Easy DIY Tips

Step-by-step guide on how to replace a flat tire  

It’s not uncommon to get a flat tire when you’re driving on the outskirts of Lubbock, TX. If help is at hand, it’s easy to replace a flat tire, but what should you do when you’re stuck with a flat tire and need to do the changing all by yourself? Changing a flat tire is not rocket science, and these helpful tips from Matador Motors in Wolfforth, TX, might come in handy, so check them out.  

What you’ll need  

Image showing a tire, a jack and a lug wrench against a white background

Before you start changing your vehicle’s flat tire, you’ll need to make sure you have certain tools handy. These tools should generally come with your vehicle, but it’s always good to double-check you have them in your trunk or glove box just in case you have misplaced any of these items or if your car did not come with these items. In such a case, it’s always a good idea to consider purchasing new ones.  

 These handy tire changing tools include:  

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Steps to change a flat tire  

Once you’ve ensured you have these items, follow these ten steps to replace your flat tire.  

  1. Find a safe location to pull over and ensure you’re away from traffic and the ground is solid and level.  
  1. Turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights and pull the parking brake to keep your vehicle from rolling and visible for oncoming vehicles, especially at night.  
  1. Take out the jack, lug wrench, and the fully inflated spare tire from the trunk.
  1. Loosen the lug nuts using the lug wrench. If your vehicle has a wheel cover or hubcap, pry it off and then secure the wrench onto the lug nut and turn it counterclockwise to loosen it until it is loose enough to be turned by hand. Do this for all the lug nuts.  
Image showing close up of a man's hand loosening the lug nuts of a car's tire

5. Secure the jack under the vehicle, ideally under the metal frame, and start lifting your vehicle off the ground. Do not place the jack under the plastic parts, such as side bumpers. 

  1. Turn the loosened lug nuts counterclockwise with your hand and remove them entirely from the wheel. Keep all the lug nuts together securely and safely pull the tire toward your body.  
  1. Replace the flat tire with the fully inflated tire. Place the spare tire and line up the holes on the spare tire with the lug nut bolts and push the tire as far onto the wheelbase as possible.   
  1. Put the lug nuts back onto the secured spare tire and start tightening them. Do not tighten them all the way in just yet.  
  1. Lower your vehicle and start tightening the lug nuts. Use the jack to slowly lower your vehicle until your replaced spare tire touches the ground and begin tightening the lug nuts. This holds the tire in place and allows you to tighten the lug nuts more evenly.   
  1. Finally, lower your vehicle completely onto the ground. Once the lug nuts feel equally tight, take out the jack. You may want to double-check by tightening the lug nuts again once your vehicle is completely grounded. Keep everything back in place and drive away.  

We hope this step-by-step guide on how to replace a flat tire helps you in case you’re stuck with a flat tire on the road.  Make sure to get your wheels balanced once you’re good to go

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