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Video: How to Properly Change a Tire

Whether there's a blowout or a standard rotation in order, changing your vehicle's tires is a skill that should be practiced on a regular basis. There's no reason why you can't learn this skill with just a few pointers. It's a relatively simple process that can take less than 15 or 20 minutes to complete. Follow these guidelines to properly change a tire.

1. Choose Your Location

Setting Up Jack to Replace Tire

Position the car in a safe location, such as in the garage for planned tire removals. Emergency situations require a bit more creativity. Look for a brightly lit parking lot or wide shoulder on the road when a flat unexpectedly occurs. You need ample space around the entire car to complete the tire change.

2. Chock the Wheels

With the car turned off and in the parked position, place chocks behind the wheels. The vehicle may be on a flat surface, but it can still roll. Place the chocks behind the rear wheels if you're changing a front tire. Follow the reverse instructions for a rear-tire swap.

3. Loosen the Lugnuts

Grab the lug wrench. Slide it onto a lug nut on the offending wheel. Use the "lefty loosey" reminder, and loosen the lug nut about a quarter turn. Perform this loosening on all of the lug nuts. Do not loosen them any further. For particularly tight lug nuts, use your heel to move the lug wrench in a counterclockwise direction.

4. Lift the Vehicle

Slide the vehicle jack under the car. Position it under the chassis and near the tire to be removed. Carefully jack up the car until the wheel and tire are free. Don't jack it up farther than a few inches from the ground. The vehicle loses its stability even more with a higher position.

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