Flat tires happen. It is just one of the things we as car owners have to expect. Whether it is because of a nail in the road or because of worn down tread, flat tires are something we all have to deal with at one time or another, we just always hope it isn't on a long road trip or on the way to work.

It is important to know how to change your own flat tire in case you are ever in that situation. Just follow our simple safety tips, tools advice, and steps in order to complete a do-it-yourself flat tire change.

Don't forget, though, that Corwin Dodge proudly offers vehicle service with their local Service Department. Their experienced service team provides quality maintenance on all new and used Dodge and Ram vehicles as well as other makes and models. Stop by our dealership in Springfield, MO for whatever service you may need.

One important part of any DIY task is SAFETY. Make sure you take the necessary safety precautions to protect yourself and your vehicle.

  • Make sure that you are in a safe place before you try to change a flat tire. High traffic areas and non-lit roads are not the best place to attempt car maintenance.
  • Never try to jack up your car while on a hill or soft ground. It will make the car unstable and more likely to cause problems during your job.
  • If you have jack stands, it is recommended that they be used, however if this is a sudden maintenance, they may not be available. Just be sure to be careful using only a jack, and do not get under the car under any circumstances.

Ok, safety is covered, now you need to know what TOOLS will be necessary to complete your do-it-yourself flat tire change.

  • Jack and jack stands
  • Lug nut wrench or tire iron
  • Spare tire

Finally, let's get to the STEPS for a DIY flat tire change.

  1. Loosen the lug nuts on the tire you wish to change using your lug nut wrench or tire iron.
  2. Jack the car up and place on jack stands so that the wheel is suspended in air. If you don't have any jack stands, then be extra careful using only a jack.
  3. Finish removing the lug nuts from your tire (you can probably do this with your hands), and place them in a safe spot to where they won't be lost.
  4. Remove the flat tire. Place it to the side in a safe place. Replace it with your spare.
  5. Tighten the lug nuts back on your tire in a star pattern until they won't turn anymore without turning the tire.
  6. Lower the car back down to the ground. If you used a jack stand you will want to raise the car off the jack stand with your jack, remove the jack stand, and then lower it to the ground.
  7. Completely tighten the lug nuts using your lug nut wrench or tire iron in a star pattern until they are as tight as they can be.
  8. Put your flat tire away in your trunk to be taken to the proper disposal place.

Hopefully these steps, tools, and safety tips have helped you with completing your own flat tire change. If you have any questions or would like your flat tire to be changed by one of our professionals, then you can have the vehicle towed to Corwin Dodge Ram.


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1025 W Sunshine St
Directions Springfield, MO 65807-2445

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