This is a roadside assistance service that is one of the most convenient to have if you pay for a plan. If you choose to not buy a plan, changing a tire is relatively easy to do. Below are suggested steps for changing a tire.
1. Make sure you’re in a safe location and are on level ground. This will help to prevent your car from rolling when changing the tire. Also, try to do it on a straight stretch of road, as opposed to a bend or curve, so that traffic can see you.
2. Turn on your hazard lights. Turn them on even during the day and as soon as you know you need to pull over. This again, alerts other drivers to you.
3. Put your parking brake on. This is another preventative measure to keep your car from moving or rolling.
4. If you have wheel wedges, use them. Place them either in front or behind the tires to prevent the car from rolling.
5. Remove the hubcap or wheel cover.
6. Loosen the lug nuts. Your vehicle should come with some sort of lug wrench. If not, definitely purchase one.
7. Place the jack under the frame. This can vary from car to car and that’s why it’s a good idea to always have your owners manual available so you know the best placement for it.
8. Raise the vehicle with the jack about 6 inches off the ground. It’s a good idea to place a small piece of wood about 2”X6” under the jack. Keep your body away and never get under the vehicle.
9. Unscrew the lug nuts and remove the flat tire.
10. Put the spare tire on and tighten the lug nuts by hand.
11. Lower the vehicle with the jack and tighten the lug nuts with the lug wrench as tight as you can.
12. Replace the hubcap or wheel cover.