How to Change a Tire

Mechanic with Tires

Knowing how to change a tire was once common knowledge, something that every young driver learned from a parent or friend. Today, changing a car tire by the side of the road is often done by a mobile mechanic, someone with a handheld impact wrench that can deliver hundreds of pounds of torque. If you don’t have a AAA membership and can’t make it to a garage near Winter Haven, it’s in your interest to be prepared.

Seven Easy Steps

The following steps will work whether you drive a car, SUV, pickup truck, or van in Lakeland:

  • Find a Safe Spot: Look for a level space where your vehicle won’t roll or tip, and where you can be seen easily by passing traffic. Pull off carefully.
  • Safety Lights: Activate your parking brake and hazard lights (if you have a flare, place it between you and the road for better visibility).
  • Trusty Tools: Every vehicle should have a spare tire, a jack to elevate the car, and a wrench. A flashlight, gloves and tire gauge can also come in handy.
  • Wedges: Place wedges behind or in front of each tire to prevent movement while changing the tire. Wedges should go in front of the front tires if changing a rear tire; and behind the rear tires if the flat is in front. 
  • Loosen and Elevate: Remove the lug nuts (turning counterclockwise), then remove the flat. 
  • The Spare: Mount the spare on the lug bolts and apply the nuts. Position your jack as recommended in your owner’s manual. Once positioned, elevate the tire six inches off the ground.
  • Lower and Remove: Once you’ve lowered the vehicle, tighten the lug nuts and remove the jack.
  • Clean Up!: Gather your materials and tools and secure them in the trunk or glove compartment. Place your damaged tire in the trunk in case it can be fixed.


Time to Change Your Tires? 

Contact your service mechanic at Regal Kia about how often you should change car tires, and keep this list handy in case the need should arise. Stop by today to learn more and talk to our sales and service experts about your concerns and questions. 


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