Changing a tire may seem quite simple, however, in most cases it is done incorrectly, even putting the integrity of the person doing it at risk.
To begin with, all part of the technique with which it is done and the precautionary measures that are adopted, as well as the tools that are used to do it properly and thus continue with your trip.
You might think you’re doing it right, but experts tell us the right way to do this in just 12 steps.
1. Find a safe place and edge. Place the car in Park (if it is an automatic transmission) or neutral (if it is a manual transmission), activate the parking brake and stop the engine running to perform all movements.
2. Place the warning triangles at least 25 meters away from the car. This, so that other drivers can see them at a safe distance and know that you are stopped.
3. Locate the tire to be changed. Once this is done, remove the spare tire and tools from the trunk. Make sure your spare tire is new or in perfect condition.
4. Loosen each stud. With the vehicle still without being placed on the hydraulic jack, start with the safety pin (if you have one). To loosen them, it will be necessary to turn them counterclockwise with the cross or hand wrench, making sure not to remove them completely. The easiest way to loosen them is to fully face the tire.
5. Place the jack under the vehicle. Insert it into the slot to be able to lift it. Most cars have two grooves: one in the front, just in front of the front wheels, and one just behind the rear wheels. Consult your owner’s manual to locate the precise location of these grooves. Never get under your vehicle if the hydraulic jack is not positioned correctly.
6. Raise your vehicle. Turning the crank of the hydraulic jack clockwise, raise your car about 10 or 15 centimeters from the ground, in this way you can remove the tire you want to change without any problem.
7. Remove the tire by removing the studs. Take the tire and pull it out. Once you have removed the tire, place it under your vehicle, this will prevent the car from falling in case the hydraulic jack fails. Make sure you keep the studs in a safe place.
8. Install the spare tire. Take the tire and insert the rim holes into the stud bolts. Make sure they fit perfectly and then place them and tighten them with your hands.
9. Lower your vehicle. To do this, take the crank of the hydraulic jack again and turn it counterclockwise. Once your car has hit the ground, remove the jack and tire you replaced from the underside of the car.
10. Tighten the studs. Take the cross key or handle and adjust the studs by turning them clockwise until they are tight. Make sure to adjust the security stud last.
11. Store the tire you just changed and your tools in the trunk compartment. As you continue your journey, remember to drive at a moderate speed, as some spare tires are smaller and thinner.
12. Repair the flat tire as soon as possible and make sure you always have a working part.