If you drive a car, a flat tire is something that is bound to happen at some point in your life. There’s nothing worse than hearing the pop, the sound of the tire deflating, and your car subsequently pulling to one side. Of course, flat tires tend to happen at the most inopportune times, such as on the way to a job interview. Instead of relying on the tow truck or the generosity of strangers, it can be greatly beneficial to learn how to change a tire on your own. Here’s a brief guide from the experts at our Mazda service center.


When you’re changing the tire, you’ll want to be sure that you’re in a safe spot where any passing cars will not hit you. Then, you’ll need to find the spare tire, jack, and tire iron, which are typically located in a compartment underneath the floor of the trunk.


The next step is to loosen the wheel lugs by turning them counterclockwise. Since they are often very tight, you’ll have to use brute force.


Once the lugs are loose (but not removed), put the jack underneath the car and start to raise the jack until it contacts the car’s frame. Continue to raise it until the flat tire is completely raised off the ground.


Once this is finished, remove the wheel lugs completely and remove the flat tire. Position the spare tire over the wheel studs and place it onto the wheel. Screw each wheel lug back on but not completely. Then, lower the car and tightly screw in the wheel lugs.


Remember that the spare tire is not intended for long-term use. Instead, visit Heritage Mazda Catonsville to have a new tire installed at our service center.

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