You need to look at your owners manual
for your car. There is a section that tells you exactly where to put the jack
and how to change the tire. You want to make sure the vehicle is on a flat
surface and that the emergency brake is applied.
And just so you know,
changing a tire is one of the first things I teach women in my class. It's
really not that difficult. Don't be afraid to try it, you can do it
Owner and Instructor
Ladies Start Your
Hi Megan, if you can get to a computer and go to http://www2.latech.edu/~bmagee/303win97/Group3/2245.html they have an easy to understand instructions with illustrations and pictures that will walk you step by step through the process of changing a tire.
- its very empowering to do these things yourself.? One thing to keep in mind is
that SUV and truck tires weight over 50 lbs each so a tire inflation product
works as a good back up.? It also works if you're wearing white!? :-)
Here is a copy
of an article I did for NY1
Car Expert Lauren
Fix Demonstrates How To Change A Flat Tire
So you've got a flat
tire: what do you do? Well if your first instinct is to call for help, you may
want to pay attention, because if you've got a few minutes to spare car expert
Lauren Fix will show you how you can change a tire in 20 minutes
First thing you'll need
is your jack, which also has a wrench attached, your spare and your owner's
manual. Every car is different so you will need to refer to the manual to see
just how that particular car works.
It's also a good
idea to put on the emergency break or block the other tires to prevent the car
"First thing you
want to do is if you have a wheel cover you want to remove that so you have
access to the lugs the lugs attach the wheel to the car, and you want to loosen
them and you want to loosen them in a star pattern," says
when you do this you don't want to take them all the way off and remember: lefty
loosey, righty tighty.
"Now that you've
go the lugs loosened, the first thing you want to know is where to I jack up
this vehicle? This is a scissor jack. It's what comes with these vehicles and
this is where you will need to know where to locate it on the car. If you just
choose any spot you can damage your vehicle," says Fix.
Usually you will
see marks on the underside of the car, then once you line up the jack, you can
start to open it. The lug wrench will attach to the jack to so you can lift the
car off the ground. Remember never place your body under the car once it's
"Now that you have
the tire off the ground, you want to remove the rest of the lugs you loosed in
advance the reason you did that is so the tire doesn't spin," says Fix. "Once
you remove this, you will want to make sure to protect these lugs ? if you lose
them you will have nothing to tighten back spare," says
Once they are off,
you can carefully remove the tire and slide on the spare, then tighten the lugs
again in a star pattern. When they are as tight as can be, you can lower the
jack, and you're off. Remember you can only drive at slow speed with a
Another easy way
to fix a flat is with a tire inflation product. This allows you to temporarily
fill the tire so you can drive it to safety.
If you have an SUV
you will need two cans of the product, but basically all you have to do is
attach the nozzle to the tire and spray.
For more car safety tips
you can go online to www.carcare.org.
Where you'll find
ways to recover from any bump in the road.