While our service department at Atzenhoffer Mitsubishi is always here to help you, we know that there are some things that you’d like to do on your own. For example, here’s a step-by-step process on how to (safely) change your tire on your own.
Choose a Safe Place
If you get a flat tire, move to a safe and level place on the side of the road (get off the nearest exit if you’re on the highway) and put on your hazards. If you’re just changing your tire at home, the driveway (if it’s flat) or the garage will do the job.
Loosen Lug Nuts
After you’ve done this, take out your lug wrench and use it to remove the lug nuts. If your vehicle’s hub caps are covering the lug nuts, you would need to remove the hub cap first. Loosen all of the lug nuts one by one before completely removing them.
Raise the Car & Remove Lug Nuts
Now, get out your car jack, which you should always have with you. Make sure that your car is in park and that the parking brake is on. Place the jack under the frame of the car close to the tire and raise it until the tire is hovering slightly. Now that the lug nuts have been loosened about ¼ or ½ of the way, you can remove them individually.
Replace the Tire
Now, get a good grip on the tire (you might want gloves) and pull the tire straight out. Lay the tire on its side or put it back into your vehicle so that it doesn’t roll away. Now, slide the new tire on. You will screw the lug nuts on in the same way you took them off. Tighten them all gradually and evenly instead of individually.
Once that’s done, use the jack to lower the car back to the ground and carefully remove the jack. If you need to use the same hub cap, replace the hub cap. Put all of your tools away and you’ll be good to go!
If you need any further assistance, feel free to consult our staff at Atzenhoffer Mitsubishi in Victoria, TX.