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November 26, 2014

How to Change a Tire: Part IV
By Scott Roush
Jacking Up the Car

Once you have loosened the lug nuts, it's time to raise the car. Insert the jack handle into the jack. Again, you may want to refer to owner's manual to make sure you are inserting the handle properly.

To raise the jack, apply nice even strokes, up and down, until the car is high enough that the wheel is completely off the ground. You should check under the car to make sure it is resting securely on the jack.

After you have checked everything and you feel the car is not going anywhere, then remove the lug nuts completely.

Putting on the New Tire

Have the spare tire ready. Hopefully you have enough air in the spare. You should check your spare tire regularly to ensure it is properly inflated.

Using both hands, pull the flat tire toward you. Carefully lower the tire to the ground once it has cleared the lug bolts.

You now need to pick up the spare tire and place it on the lug bolts. Since tires are heavy, this is where some people may need assistance. Do not hesitate to call someone or accept the help of a friendly face if one comes along.

Once the spare tire is in place, replace the lug nuts and tighten them by hand. Lower the car to the ground using the jack. Once the car is securely on the ground, use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts as much as you can. Put the hubcap or wheel cover in place with the heel of your hand. Don't forget to put the flat tire in your trunk.

Congratulations! You have successfully changed your tire. Hopefully you will never have to do this, but it is a good skill to know.

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