You’re driving along waiting for your next passenger request, when bump, thump — you’ve got a flat tire. Want to learn how to change it yourself? With the DMV’s official tips to changing your fire, you’ll be back in driver mode in no time.
- Find a safe spot to pull over and log out of driver mode. Don't park in the middle of a curve where approaching cars can't see you. Make sure you choose a flat spot, and if you have a manual transmission, leave your car in gear.
- Set your parking brake, turn on your hazard lights, and pat your lucky cuddlestache. Get the jack, wrench, and spare tire from the trunk of the car, and bring them over to the tire that is flat.
- Loosen the lug nuts with the wrench. Don't remove the lug nuts — simply loosen them by turning the wrench counter-clockwise.
- Use the jack to lift the vehicle off the ground. Consult your owner's manual for the specific location to put the jack. Once the jack is securely in the correct spot, jack up the car until the tire is about 6 inches off the ground.
- Remove the lug nuts and pull the tire off the car. Place the lug nuts in a safe pile, and pull the tire straight toward you to remove it from the wheel base.
- Place the spare on the car. You’re almost done! Line up the lug nut posts with the holes in the spare tire, and push the spare all the way onto the wheel base.
- Put on the lug nuts. Make sure they're on enough for the spare to stay on the car for a moment, but don't put them on tightly.
- Lower the car back to the ground and pat yourself on the back. Use the jack to bring the car back down to ground level and remove the jack from underneath the car.
- Tighten the lug nuts when the car is back on the ground. Start with one lug nut, tighten it about 50%, move to the opposite lug nut and tighten that one about the same amount. Keep tightening opposite lug nuts gradually until each lug nut is tightened all the way.
- Smile and slide back into driver mode after you’ve put your flat tire and tools back in your trunk. Don't leave anything on the side of the road.
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