When it comes to basic car maintenance, changing a flat tire is one of the easiest and most important things to learn. You don't want to be stuck on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere with a flat tire. So, follow these steps below when you find yourself with a flat and you'll be back on the road before you know it.

First of all, before you hit the road, make sure you're stocked with all the things you would need to change your tire if you were to get a flat. Keep a wrench, a car jack, a rubber mallet, and your spare tire in your trunk. It's important to be prepared!
When you realize you have a flat, the first thing to do is find a safe and relatively flat place to pull over and then turn on your hazard lights to alert other cars to steer clear of you. Now it's time to get out your tools. 

How to Change A Flat Tire

  1. First you'll need your wrench to loosen the lug nuts, but don't unscrew them all the way. If they're too tight, kick or step on the wrench. 
  2. Use the jack to raise the car about half a foot in the air. If you need help with where to place the jack and how to use it, consult your car owner's manual.
  3. When the car is jacked up, unscrew the lug nuts the rest of the way and put them together to ensure they don't get lost. 
  4. Remove the tire, using the mallet to smack it loose if necessary, and replace it with the spare and screw the lug nuts back on loosely.
  5. Lower the car back to the ground and tighten the lug nuts the rest of the way, alternating between the nuts gradually until they're all tightened as much as they can be. 
  6. Put away your tools, and you're all finished!

If you have any questions about how to change a flat tire, feel free to stop by Shults Resale Center and talk to some of our expert mechanics in our service department. They will help teach you how to change a flat on your car so you won't be stuck on the side of the road. We look forward to helping you learn more about your car and staying safe while on the open road. 

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