How Do You Change a Car Tire?

Row of tires

You may face anything from a flat tire to worn treads as you cover the roads of Watertown, and that can jeopardize the safety of yourself, other road users, and ultimately the vehicle itself. As such, knowing how and when to change a car tire is something every driver should learn. Not sure if your tires need to be changed? You should learn how to check the tire tread depth! With that in mind, read on for answers to the following questions:

  • How Do You Change a Car Tire?
  • How Often to Change Car Tires

How Do You Change a Car Tire? Step by Step Guide

Before changing a tire, you’ll need to gather the following tools:

  • Jack
  • Lug Wrench
  • Spare or New Tire
  • Owner’s Manual

Make sure you’re either on the side of the road or another safe place with your hazard lights on and parking brake engaged, then follow these steps:

  • Place wheel wedges under the tires that don’t need changing.
  • Remove the hubcap or wheel cover from the old tire.
  • Loosen the lug nuts.
  • Raise your vehicle using the jack, then remove the lug nuts.
  • Carefully remove the current tire, then mount the new or spare tire.
  • Tighten the lug nuts, then lower your vehicle to the ground.

If you’re fitting a spare, remember it’s only supposed to be temporary. You shouldn’t travel on a spare more than 50 miles or over 50 mph, so schedule servicing as soon as possible to get a new tire.

How Often to Change Car Tires

It’s not much use for Brookings drivers to learn how to change a car tire if they don’t know when to do it. So, not sure how often to change car tires? That answer is going to depend on how often your tires are rotated. If you rotate them as recommended, your tires should last the estimated mileage. As a good rule of thumb, try scheduling tire rotation whenever you get your oil changed.

You should also check air pressure every couple of weeks to make sure it’s at the recommended rating, and it’s worth keeping tabs on tread wear.

Get Your Tires Changed at Brookings Auto Mall

Drivers from Mitchell and surrounding areas know they can trust us for first-rate attention. Whether you need to get your tires looked at or pick out a brand new vehicle, the team here at our Brookings showroom can help. For any further advice or assistance, simply get in touch today.

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