Tire Changing Basics

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The best way to change a tire is to have it done at Link Ford Minong, but that isn’t always feasible. Flats out on the road force you to call a tow truck for help or to do it yourself. Changing a tire isn’t all that difficult if you have the proper tools.

Checking Everything

First, check the spare to ensure it has air and isn’t dry rotted. This is something you should do every couple months so that you aren’t forced to call a tow truck if you know how to change a tire yourself. Also, always make sure you have the appropriate tools to change the tire. While tools come with the vehicle, a ¾-inch breaker bar and the appropriate socket makes this job a lot easier, especially if you don’t have a lot of muscles. You should also have a bottle jack in the vehicle.

Tire Changing Basics

Using the tire iron or the breaker bar and socket, loosen the lug nuts on the tire. You just want to break them free. Don’t remove them. Locate the jack point for your vehicle. Jack the vehicle up high enough to get the spare on. If you are on soft ground, you may need to use a board or a flat rock so the jack doesn’t sink into the ground.

Remove the lug nuts, taking care that none of them roll away where you can’t find them. Remove the tire. Place the new tire on the studs. Thread the lug nuts on by hand as far as you can. This ensures that you don’t cross thread them and strip them out.

Lower the jack so the tire rests on the ground. Tighten the lug nuts but don’t torque them. Remove the jack. Now, you can apply torque to the lug nuts in a star pattern. This means that you apply torque to the breaker bar or tire iron at 2 o’clock, then 8 o’clock, then 10 o’clock and then 4 o’clock. Repeat one more time, getting the lug nuts as tight as you can get them. Unless you have some serious muscles, you most likely cannot over tighten the lug nuts.

Visit Link Ford Minong

If you are in the market for a new vehicle stop by our showroom at Link Ford Minong to test drive your favorite model. If you need maintenance or service, give our service department a call to schedule an appointment. And, if you replaced a tire with a donut tire or if you need a new spare, make an appointment for a new tire.

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