How to Change a Tire
When trouble strikes on the road, the last thing you want is to be unprepared. And at Genesis of Kearny Mesa, we want to help you master each situation you may encounter while driving. Here are some tips on how to change a flat tire courtesy of our San Diego Genesis service center.
Pull Over and Find Your Supplies
Tires rarely go flat when it is super convenient, but you’ll want to get yourself to a safe spot as soon as possible. Find a spacious shoulder to pull off onto, or make it to a parking lot by driving slowly if possible. When you’re at a safe spot, open the trunk, where you will find your spare tire, tire iron, and car jack.
Loosen the Lug Nuts
You will need to remove the series of lug nuts attaching your wheel to the car, but you won’t want to take them off quite yet. However, you will need to use the leverage of the weight of the car to get them loose with the tire iron. This will take a good amount of force for most people.
Raise the Car
You’ll need some space to work with in order to change the tire, so place the car jack under the car frame where the wheel is. Most likely, you’ll have a jack that works with a crank, so raising the car should be easier than expected. Give yourself a few inches of extra space when you raise the car.
Replace the Tire
When the car is raised, go ahead and fully remove the lug nuts, pull off the wheel, and prepare to put the spare tire on. It is often a bit of a challenge for most drivers to line up the spare tire with the wheel studs, so be prepared to take your time on this step. When you have it on, screw on the lug nuts, lower the car, and remove the jack. Be sure to tighten the lug nuts all the way and then make your way to our service center to get a replacement tire.