Changing Your TireIt can happen to just about anyone-anytime and anywhere. You're driving along, and you suddenly feel the car pull to the side, or perhaps, you feel a steady thumping or hear noises as the car begins to wobble. You've blown a tire. You pull over to the side of the road, get out, and survey the damage, but what do you do next? You could call roadside assistance, but you've heard that changing a tire really isn't that difficult.

If you take it step by step, you'll be back on the roads of Sparta, Milledgeville, or Eatonton in no time at all. Let's learn the steps for how to change a tire, and who to call for help when you need tire service.

Changing Your Tires

Understanding how to change a tire is really just remembering a few basic steps: Loosen the lug nuts, jack up the car, remove the old tire, secure the new one, lower the car back down, and then tighten the new nuts. Let's check out each step in greater detail, so you have a solid grasp of what to do when you find yourself in this situation.

Locate Your Spare Tire

Spare TireMost cars these days come with a spare tire. If you don't know where it is, look in your owner's manual. Take the spare out, along with the jack and tire iron, or lug wrench, that are usually placed with it.

Loosen the Lug Nuts

The first step in changing your tire is to loosen the lug nuts. There are likely five of these that hold your tire in place. There should be a tire iron or lug wrench included with the spare tire on your car. Use this to fit over the lug nuts and loosen them. Don't remove them entirely, but loosen them so that they move freely.

Jack Up the Car

Next, jack up the car. First, make sure that it's in park with the emergency brake on. Then, if you can find something like a large rock, put it under the wheels on the other side (that is, if it's a front tire that's blown, brace the back and vice-versa). Then, look under the car. There should be a notch in the frame that is there for you to match up the jack. Jack up the car until the tire spins freely-at least a few inches off the ground.

Remove and Replace the Tire

Spare TireRemove the lug nuts and carefully set them somewhere you won't lose them. Then, work the old tire off-you may have to jiggle it a bit-and set it aside. Work the new tire on, and replace the lug nuts and tighten them down as best you can (remember, the wheel will spin freely). Then, gently lower the car using the jack.

Tighten the Lug Nuts

Finally, tighten down the lug nuts using your lug wrench or tire iron. When you do this, go every other nut to be sure you hit all of them. Tighten the first, skip one and tighten the next, and so on. When you get back to the original one, you've got them all tightened. Get them as tight as possible so the wheel doesn't wobble when you drive.

Get in for Service at Butler Honda

In general, your spare tire is going to be designed only for temporary use. It'll get you home, and it'll get you to the service center. You shouldn't, however, cruise around the roads of Eatonton, Sparta, or Milledgeville on your spare. If you need more information on how to change a tire, or when it's time to get a new, permanent one, call Butler Honda for an appointment today.

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