How to Change a Flat Tire

When you start driving, there are several skills every driver in the Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle areas should learn; how to check your oil, how to check your tire pressure, and how to change a flat tire. However, as we’ve gotten busier in our lives, it’s not always easy to find the time to learn these skills.

However, Faulkner Toyota of Harrisburg is here with a quick rundown of the basics on swapping out a flat tire on the fly. There’s no better way to learn than with real world experience, but we’re hoping this helpful guide provides a great walkthrough for drivers who need to know how to change a flat tire.

The Steps to Changing a Flat

  1. When you first notice a flat, you’ll want to proceed safely off of the road that you’re on to a location that is well out of the way of the flow of traffic and also offers a level area for your tire change. Turn on your hazard lights, so other drivers can see your stopped vehicle and use your emergency brake for added stability.
  2. Next, you’ll want to locate your jack and your tire iron. Once you’ve found all of the components AND your spare tire, you’re ready to get started.
  3. If your car still has hubcaps or wheel covers, you’ll want to remove them first. Some vehicles may have a special device to unlock this type of wheel, so ensure that you have that equipment as well.
  4. After that, you want to start to loosen the lug nuts. These are the five pieces that create the circle around the inside of your tire’s rim. Do not remove them completely yet, but make sure that they’re loose enough to remove easily once the car is up on the jack.
  5. Slip the jack under the car. You want to find the frame of the vehicle closest to the flat tire and place the flat part of the jack there. Make sure that it is not positioning under the ground effects of your vehicle.
  6. Use the jack to lift your vehicle. You’ll want to pump up the vehicle to the point that the flattened tire is about six inches from the ground and then remove the lug nuts and pull the tire off. Be sure that you’ve moved the flat tire away from the roadside.
  7. Place the spare tire on the existing lug nuts and hand tighten the nuts. You’ll want to make them as tight as possible as you can before you take the vehicle off the jack.
  8. Next, you’ll lower the vehicle using the jack and safely slide the jack out from underneath the vehicle. Then you’ll want to use the lug wrench to tighten your lug nuts completely. If the vehicle rocks a bit while you’re tightening, then you’re doing a great job!
  9. Put everything away when you’re done with it, including the hubcap that may not fit right on your spare tire.
  10. Once you’ve returned to your car, turn off your hazard lights, take your emergency brake off, and signal to return to traffic. You’ll want to proceed with caution as your spare tire is not meant to travel at high rates of speed.

Schedule Your Tire Replacement Today

Your spare tire is also not meant for distance traveling in the Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, or Carlisle areas, so you’ll want to schedule an appointment with our service center as soon as possible. With convenient hours and online scheduling, at Faulkner Toyota of Harrisburg we’ll ensure that your vehicle is ready to enter traffic again and your tires are all in excellent condition.