Dealing with a flat tire can be time consuming if you have to wait for help. One thing we like to encourage all our customers here at Wickstrom Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM is to know the basics of changing a tire should you ever find yourself in that situation.

  1. Move to a safe place

Before parking your vehicle, make sure you’re in a safe place as far from the road as possible. You don’t want to put yourself or others at risk when you’re changing a tire, and you’ll need plenty of room. Depending on where you are, we suggest the shoulder of a highway, a parking lot, or a side street.

  1. Locate your necessary tools

When you change a tire, you’ll need tools: a spare tire, a jack, and a tire iron. They will most likely be hidden somewhere within your vehicle for this very purpose, so check your manual to locate them.

  1. Loosen the lug nuts

Next, using your tire iron, loosen the nuts on the wheel without completely removing them. This helps the process go faster once you get the car lifted.

  1. Raise the wheel

Insert your jack under the tire and raise it up until the tire is no longer touching the ground. Then, you can finish loosening and removing the lug nuts to remove the tire.

  1. Replace the tire

To install the new tire, the wheel studs need to be perfectly aligned to the spare tire, which can be a challenge. Once aligned, screw the lug nuts back on and tighten them with the tire iron, but don’t tighten them fully yet.

  1. Lower the jack

Finally, lower the jack so that the spare tire is resting on the ground. Remove the jack, then tighten up the lug nuts completely.

When you’ve changed your tire, bring your Jeep SUV or Chrysler car in to our Barrington, IL car dealership right away and we’ll set you up with a new tire or repair your flat! Contact us today to learn more about the process of changing a tire.