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How to Change a Flat Tire

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Getting a flat tire is a common occurrence which happens to nearly every driver at least once. It is a major inconvenience to get a flat, especially if you are out on the road far away from home. At Custom Complete Automotive, our St. Louis tire professionals can give you the information you need to change your own tire and assist you if you have any problems.

What Supplies Do I Need?

The best thing you can do to prepare yourself for a flat tire is to purchase the proper supplies for changing a tire. Although you may have AAA services or access to our St. Louis auto repair shop, being able to change a tire on your own is advisable.

The supplies you will need include:

  • Tire air gauge
  • Spare tire or donut
  • Car jack
  • Lug nut wrench

What Is the Process to Change a Tire?

There are specific steps involved in the tire changing process. If followed correctly, you should be able to remove the flat and replace it with your spare or donut tire. It is very important that you are aware of your surroundings and consider your safety the entire time, especially if you are on the side of the road where it is dark.

The steps to change a flat tire are as follows:
  • Find a safe place to pull over, preferably one where you have some light.
  • Turn your car off and put your hazard lights on for safety.
  • Take out all of your supplies, including your spare or donut tire, car jack, and wrench.
  • Remove the hubcap, if one is attached to your wheel.
  • Loosen each lug nut with your wrench, turning counter-clockwise.
  • Check your owner's manual to determine where the car jack should be placed.
  • Jack up the car until it is at the proper height to remove the tire.
  • Remove all lug nuts and place them safely close to your car.
  • Pull off the flat tire in a straight motion, taking it off the wheel base.
  • Push the spare tire into the wheel base until it is completely in.
  • Put the lug nuts back in, tightening them in the opposite direction.
  • Lower your car jack back down and tighten the lug nuts as much as possible.
  • Replace the hubcap back onto the tire, if necessary.
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