Cars & Tech

Essential Skills: How to Change a Flat Tire

First step: Read this guide.
ILLUSTRATOR Jasrelle Serrano
Comments

Getting a flat tire is always a hassle, but with this quick guide it doesn't have to be stressful. Follow these steps and you'll back on the road in no time.


1. Have a car jack, wrench and spare tire ready in your vehicle for when the inevitable eventually arises. Turn on your hazard lights and stop somewhere safe and flat.


2. Take off the hubcap and get your trusty lug wrench. Loosen the lug nuts half a turn, but don’t remove them yet.


3. Find the jacking point and raise the car. You can find the recommended spot in your owner’s manual. Place the jack underneath it and raise the car to about six inches.


4. Unscrew the lug nuts and remove the flat tire. Make sure to place the lug nuts in your hubcap so they don’t role away.

5. Put on the spare tire. Before you push in the spare, make sure the holes in the spare are lined up with the lug nut posts on the car.



6. Replace the lug nuts and tighten them with your hands. Use the wrench to tighten them until you feel firm resistance. Replace them following a criss-cross or star pattern.


7. Lower the car carefully to the ground. Completely and securely tighten the lug nuts using the same pattern as earlier. 

8. Put the hubcap back on. Return your tools and flat tire where the spare was stored.

9. Remember to bring your car to a mechanic. Changing your flat yourself is only a temporary solution. Also, you'll need to pick up a new spare tire.

This guide contains instructions from Esquire.com and Esquire.co.uk

Comments
View More Articles About:
About The Author
Christopher Puhm
View Other Articles From Christopher
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
There's nothing quite like a festive serving of turkey to top off your holiday dinner.
 
Share
Tailor Thomas Finney narrows down just what you need to consider.
 
Share
Besides the world's biggest store, we're also getting a 1,000-seater cafeteria.
 
Share
The designer celebrates 30 years in the fashion industry with a new collection and exhibit titled “Homage,” with 10 artists taking inspiration from his work.
 
Share
Champion, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton also made the top 10.
 
Share
 
Share
Upload those humblebragging vacation photos on this website and help the police.
 
Share
It’s a bromance of culinary techniques and heritage ingredients between chefs Jordy Navarro and Allan Briones
 
Share
 
Share
Catch it from November to December at only two cinemas in the Metro.
 
Share
The model and fitness enthusiast wed early this month in a private ceremony in Bali.
Load More Articles
Connect With Us