Emergencies happen in the blink of an eye. A common emergency is a flat tire or some other tire issue. We want to help you! Below is a step-by-step guide on how to change your own tire. 

  1. Gather the different items and tools: inflated spare tire, lug wrench, car jack, & your vehicle's Owner’s Manual.
  2. Make sure your vehicle is in a safe location. If you are on the road, be sure to put your hazards on to warn other drivers of why your car is stopped. 
  3. Apply your parking brake to minimize the chances of your vehicle rolling while changing the tire.
  4. Before lifting the vehicle, it is helpful to loosen the lug nuts while the vehicle is completely on the ground. Start with the lug wrench on one lug nut and rotate counter-clockwise until the resistance breaks (Warning: this may be difficult! It is okay to put some weight behind it with your foot or even all of your body weight)
  5. Refer to the Owner’s Manual to see where to place the jack under the vehicle. Be sure to follow the instructions to ensure that the vehicle will not roll during this time.
  6. Using the jack, raise the vehicle to where the tire that is being replaced is about 6 inches off the ground. 
  7. Finish unscrewing the lug nuts. This should be easier now that they were loosened previously. Many times this step can be done with just your hands, no wrench needed! 
  8. Now it is time to remove the tire! Do this by pulling with your hands on the tread of the tire. One it is off, be sure to place the tire lying flat so that it does not roll away. 
  9. Place the spare tire onto the lug bolts. Push the tire on completely (the bolts should be showing through the rim). 
  10. Put the lug nuts on the bolts and screw them in by hand for now. Tighten them as much as possible.
  11. It is time to lower the vehicle back down to the ground - but only to right where the spare tire is just touching the ground.
  12. Finish tightening the lug nuts with the lug wrench. Tighten completely using the full force of your body.
  13. Finish lowering the vehicle to the ground completely.
  14. Put all tools and equipment away.
  15. Bring your flat tire to Price LeBlanc Toyota Service for a fix and great service! 

Remember to check the tire pressure of your spare tire during routine maintenance and checks of your vehicle! This can help make sure that you are prepared for a tire emergency at any time. 



If you are in need of a tire repair, visit Price LeBlanc Toyota at 13250 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70817. Our Service Center is open Monday - Friday from 7:00am - 6:00pm and Saturday from 7:00am - 5:00pm. We are here to serve the Greater Baton Rouge area including Prairieville, Gonzales, and Denham Springs. 

Source: https://www.bridgestonetire.com/tread-and-trend/drivers-ed/how-to-change-a-flat-tire
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