How Do You Change a Car Tire?

Mechanic changing tire


If your car has a flat, knowing how to change a car tire can help you get back on the road in a timely manner. Changing a tire on your own is quite easy, and if you’re like many other Stamford-area drivers, you may find it preferable to having to contact emergency service. This step-by-step guide will show you how to properly change a car tire. If you are uncomfortable with auto maintenance or repair work, the experts in the Garavel CJDR Service Center will be happy to assist you.

Changing Your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Tires

First of all, you will need to do is gather up the tools required to change a car tire. These tools include a jack, a lug wrench, and a spare or new tire. It’s also a good idea to have your owner’s manual handy. Once you have the tools together, follow these steps to change a tire on your car, truck, or SUV:

  1. Is your vehicle on the road? To be safe you should move it to the side of the road or off the road and switch on the hazard lights.
  2. Engage the parking brake and place wheel wedges under the other tires.
  3. Remove the hubcap or wheel cover from the tire, and then loosen the lug nuts.
  4. Raise your vehicle with your jack and remove the lug nuts.
  5. Remove the flat tire and mount the new or spare tire.
  6. Tighten the lug nuts, then lower the vehicle back to the ground.
Dad and son changing car tire

How Often Should You Change Car Tires?

There’s no set schedule as to when car tires need to be replaced, as it depends on the quality of the tires and whether you have been keeping up to date on routine maintenance such as tire rotations. In fact, regular tire rotation can help to ensure that you get the full mileage life of your tires. Make sure to monitor the condition of your tires, and routinely check the tire pressure and tread depth. This is a great way to make sure that your vehicle is safe to drive, and will allow you to catch any issues before they become more serious.

How Many Miles Can You Go on a Spare Tire?

If you replaced a flat tire with the spare, you should try to have a new tire put on as soon as you can. Spare tires are not a long-term solution and it is recommended that they are driven on for no more than 70 miles. The spare will usually have a speed limit printed on the sidewall, but most manufacturers recommend not to drive any faster than 50 mph.

Get Professional Tire Care at Garavel CJDR

Need new tires? The Tire Center at Garavel CJDR carries a great selection of competitively priced tires from all of the major manufacturers. If you’re due for a tire rotation or wheel alignment, schedule an appointment with our service team. Drivers from Greenwich to Bridgeport rely on our certified technicians to handle all of their maintenance and repair needs. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 203-842-2344.  We can also help you with your other service & maintenance concerns, like whether a touchless vs. hand car wash is better, or how often to change your battery. Looking for tips on how to unlock your steering wheel? We can help with that too!

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