I’m working with Michelin and Bzzagent on the Michelin Campaign. By spreading the word about Michelin Tires, I have the opportunity to win different prizes. One thing that just caught my eye was an article about how to change a flat tire. I’ve been there, we’ve all been there. How do you handle changing a spare tire?
1. Safely pull over: Set your emergency brake and turn on your hazards
2. Prepare the tire: Remove the hubcap and loosen the lug nuts
3. Jack up your vehicle: Jack until the tire is about six inches off of the
ground — typically, the jack goes a few inches behind the front tires, or a
few inches in front of the rear tires (consult your vehicle owner’s manual)
4. Remove the flat tire: Remove the lug nuts, then position your hands at 9
and 3 o’clock on your tire and pull it straight off
5. Mount the spare tire: Align the holes on the spare with the threaded bolts
then replace each lug nut, followed by the lug nut across from it
6. Secure the spare tire: Lower your vehicle, then tighten each lug nut
followed by its opposite
7. Put away the tools: Replace the tools and store your flat tire
I find that one of the most difficult aspects of changing a tire is just getting the lug nuts off. Man almighty those things are always on so tight, I used to use my own weight to try to pry them off. Jumping on your crowbar will just cause damage to yourself, the car, or the crowbar itself; more than likely you’ll probably still have a lug nut on your hubcap that will still not come off.
So tell me what you do when you need to change a tire, my husband told me since we have kids that I should just call AAA.