How to Change a Car Tire

It can be a scary thing to be driving to work or home and suddenly hear a loud thump and then your vehicle begins to bounce and lose control. If you've ever had a flat tire while driving, you know it can be unnerving but with the proper know-how from our Toyota Service Center in Orlando it can be handled smoothly!

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Our Toyota service techs can prepare you to change a flat tire!

If you get a flat tire while driving, most important thing to do is pull over! Technicians at our Toyota Service Center in Orlando also suggest keeping supplies in your car at all times! Without the proper equipment and tools, it's difficult - and sometimes impossible- to change a flat tire. In your trunk, you should keep:

  • A jack! As great as it would be to have superhuman strength, it's impossible to lift the car up yourself!
  • A lug wrench! You'll need this to get the wheel off of the car to change the tire!

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Changing a tire is easy with tips from Orlando Automotive Family!

If you do find yourself with a flat tire and stuck on the side of the road, you can save a lot of time and money by knowing how to change a tire on your own! 

Step #1: Once you've pulled over safely and initiated your hazard lights, remove the hubcap of the wheel with a flat. Removing the hubcap gives you access to the wheel and tire. Utilizing your strength and throwing your body weight a little, you can use the lug wrench to loosen up the lug nuts.

Step #2: Before you remove the lug nuts completely, put your car up with the jack stand. Consult your owner's manual to know where you should place the jack under your car. So you don't need additional Orlando Toyota service from damaging the frame of your car, make sure you're placing the jack where it needs to be! Once the jack is securely underneath the car, jack your car up about 6 or 7 inches.

Step #3:  Now you're ready to remove the lug nuts on the wheel entirely. By removing the lug nuts you can take the wheel off of the axle. Don't pull at an angle, pull straight forward and be ready, it's going to heavy!

Step #4: Replace the old, flat tire with the spare tire! Push the tire back on straight and put the lug nuts back on using the wrench. Make sure you tighten them well! Slowly lower your car back on the ground and place the jack and wrench back in your trunk for safe keeping!

It's important to remember not to drive on a spare tire for long distances. After putting your spare tire on, drive on over to our Toyota Service Center in Orlando for a new car tire! We're located at 3575 Vineland Rd. or at 16851 State Rd. 50