How to Change Out a Flat Tire

Every driver should learn how to change a flat tire because you're most likely going to have to do it at least once in your life. Before learning the steps of how to change a flat tire, you will need some tools: jack, lug wrench, a spare tire, and your car manual. A pair of gloves, raincoat (if the weather isn't permitting), and flashlight may also come in handy. It would be helpful if you kept these in your car all the time, as all flat tires are usually unanticipated.


Step 1: Loosen the bolts on the wheel

Turn the bolt counterclockwise using the lug wrench. Please note: Do not completely remove the bolts.

Step 2: Raise the car

Read your owner's manual to find your vehicle's jacking points. Place the jack in its proper location and turn the lever clockwise to lift the car. It should be at least half a foot off the ground.

Step 3: Remove the tire and replace it with the spare

After the car is lifted, unfasten the bolts all the way. Remove the tire by pulling it off towards your body and proceed to put the spare tire in its place. Affix the bolts on the spare tire, but do not tighten them all the way.

Step 5: Lower the car

Turn the jack counterclockwise to lower your vehicle back to the ground.

Step 6: Tighten the wheel bolts

Finish tightening the bolts on the spare.

Step 7: Pack up and head to the nearest tire auto repair shop

Please make sure you clean up before getting back in the car. Just because you successfully replaced your tire with a spare doesn't mean you can ignore having your tire replaced. The extra tire is only intended for you to get to an auto service shop safely so that you can get the necessary repairs.


We hope you found these steps quick and easy. The key to successfully getting the job done is with the right tools and patience. If you need a flat tire repair in Houston, TX, please visit or call The Auto Doc today!