How to Change a Tire on a Car

Hyundai Service Technician Checking Tires

Knowing how to change a tire can be the difference between a flat being a minor inconvenience or a major disruption of your day. Our service department believes that every Elk Grove driver should know how to change a flat tire, so we’ve put together the guide below. We’ll also talk about how often to change car tires.

How to Change Car Tires – Step by Step

Every car should have a spare tire, jack, and lug wrench. You’ll also want gloves to protect your hands and a flashlight if it’s dark out. Avoid changing a tire on the side of a busy road, especially if it’s one of the winding mountain roads we have in the Sacramento area. Find a safe, flat space instead.

What You’ll Need

  • Spare tire
  • Lug wrench
  • Jack
  • Gloves
  • Flashlight

How to Change Car Tires

  • Come to a stop in a flat area and engage the emergency brake. Put the car in park or first gear.
  • Turn on hazard lights and set up road flares/triangles if available.
  • Loosen lug nuts counterclockwise one turn while the tire is on the ground. Don’t remove the lug nuts fully yet.
  • Locate the jack point and place the jack underneath.
  • Raise the jack until the tire barely lifts off the ground.
  • Remove the lug nuts fully and pull the tire off.
  • Roll the spare into place and hand-tighten lug nuts in a crisscross style.
  • Lower the jack slowly, bringing the spare firmly in contact with the ground.
  • Tighten lug nuts fully with a torque wrench if available. Otherwise, tighten as much as possible with a lug wrench.
  • Replace flat tire in storage spot.
  • Immediately drive below 50 mph to the tire shop to have lug nuts checked. 

How Often to Change Car Tires

While there’s no set mileage for how often to change car tires, most will need changing every 3-6 years regardless of wear. Tires deteriorate over time even without use. Cracks in the rubber, bulges, and bald spots mean it’s time for new tires. Rotate tires every 6,000-8,000 miles to promote even wear. And of course, replace any tires immediately that sustain damage or a puncture. 

Let the Service Center at Elk Grove Hyundai Help

Is it time to rotate or replace your tires? Let us help you with that. You can even schedule an appointment online. And, if you found this guide to be helpful, check out some of our other automotive service tips. We’re just down the road from Roseville, so drop by or contact us today.


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