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I know I should know, but how do I change a tire?

Gary Jaffarian explains the steps for changing a flat tire. You can also watch a Jaffarian Video on our YouTube channel.toyota trunk with spare

A great question as it is not hard, but it is a good thing to know how to do to avoid being stranded on the side of the road!  Below are the instructions but if you are a visual learner, no problem!  Please watch Jaffarian’s YouTube video on How to Change a Tire” for a simple demonstration.

How to change a tire:

  1. Pull over into a safe place. If you’re on a major highway, for safety reasons, try to make it off the exit ramp. Turn off your vehicle and secure it with the emergency brake if needed. Never change a tire on an incline or hill and try for a flat surface. Remove the spare and all related tools prior to jacking up your vehicle. If you have one, place a block, brick or other item behind the opposite tire to prevent any rolling.
  1. Pry off the hub cap with a screw driver or tool that comes with your vehicle to
    Toyota Lug nut tool

    Toyota lug nut tool

    release the lug nuts. The newer models have a special tool to do that; or one that came with the spare tire and lift in your trunk.

  2. Once you’ve loosened the lug nuts, do not remove them completely. After you jack up your vehicle, completely remove the lug nuts with your fingers.
  3. Jack up the vehicle about 1” off the ground. Place the jack securely under the edge of the car. The exact location may vary among vehicle models, so consult your
    hydraulic jack

    Hydraulic jack

    owner’s manual for the right place to put the jack.

  4. If you have a scissor jack, insert the rod or wrench over the knob, and then crank. If you have a hydraulic jack, place the handle into the appropriate location and pump up and down. Use nice, even strokes, taking the jack handle from its lowest point to its highest point on each stroke to make it a bit easier on yourself.

    scissor jack

    Scissor jack

  5. Remove all bolts and lug nuts and then remove the flat tire.
  6. Set the spare tire on the lug bolts, then put the lug nuts back in place using your fingers to screw them on. Wait until the tire is on the ground before using the tool to securely fasten the lug nuts as tight as you can secure them with a wrench.
  7. Try to replace the spare tire as soon as possible with a permanent one. Jaffarian Volvo Toyota stocks or can get same day delivery on the tire you need for your vehicle. It’s best to get the exact match for the replacement to the other three.

I encourage you to check your trunk to confirm you have a spare tire, jack and the associated equipment that should be in your vehicle in case of needing to change your tire. Also, to avoid being stranded. I encourage you to consider securing AAA road service or roadside assistance through your vehicle’s manufacturer. Additionally, if you have new drivers in your household, share the YouTube video!

Remember that when driving with a spare tire (aka “donut”) you should maintain a lower speed and monitor how many miles you drive before replacing with a permanent tire.

Last month in my Ask Gary blog I discussed how to evaluate worn tires and Jaffarian has another You Tube video on “How do I know when I need new tires?” It is important for your safety to avoid driving on tires that are too worn or under or overinflated. That is a dangerous situation, especially if you drive on the highway. With regular oil changes or service, the professional automotive technicians at Jaffarian Volvo Toyota’s Service Department will evaluate your tires and provide you with a report on how they are wearing.

Be safe on the roads.

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