Everyone should know how to change a tire. Knowing how to change a tire can be the difference between getting back on the road in a matter of minutes or remaining stranded for hours. Fortunately, it’s not as difficult or time-consuming as it may seem.
You will need tools: a jack, wrench, and spare tire, which should always be in trunk for emergencies. A tire gauge, gloves, flashlight, and tire blocks are recommended but optional. These should all be part of your vehicle’s well-stocked emergency kit.
Should you need to change a tire while on the road, follow the steps below.
Pull over in a safe location. If possible, park in a flat place where incoming cars have good vision of you.
Turn on your hazard lights. You may then get your tools out of the trunk.
Loosen the lug nuts. Don’t remove them yet!
Lift the vehicle. Check your owner’s manual to see where it recommends to place the jack. Get the tire about six inches off the ground.
Remove the lug nuts and pull the tire off. Make sure to put the lug nuts in a container or some other place where they won’t roll away.
Place the spare or new tire on the car.
Put on the lug nuts. Don’t tighten them quite yet.
Lower the car. (And of course, remove the jack!)
Tighten the lug nuts.
Place the old tire and tools back in the trunk. Don’t leave anything on the side of the road.
There you have it — 10 easy steps for changing a tire. That being said, if you need new tires and it’s not an emergency change on the side of the road, then the easiest way to get things done is to stop by Mountaineer Mitsubishi. Our expert mechanics will get you sorted out while you grab a cup of coffee in our reception area.