Updated October 17th, 2016

Knowing how to change a tire can really come in handy if you ever find yourself stranded due to a flat tire or blowout. If you've never changed a tire before, it may seem somewhat intimidating, but it's not as difficult as you might think. Just follow the steps listed below and you will have no problem learning and successfully executing this essential skill. 

1. Find a flat, stable and safe place for you to change your tire. This means no hills or inclines if you can help it.

2. Turn off your car and put on your emergency brake. If you have an automatic transmission, make sure that the gear shift is in the "Park" position. If you have a manual transmission (a.k.a. stick shift), put the gear shift into "First" or "Reverse". 

3. As an additional safety precaution, make sure that you turn on your hazard lights as well.

4. Your next task is to pull out the spare tire. If you're not quite sure where it's located, check the owner's manual for your car. Once you find it, make sure that you keep track of any screws, wingnuts, rubber straps, or other tools used to keep the spare tire in its place. That way, once you get a new tire, you can securely return the spare back to its position. 

5. Along with the spare tire, you should see a jack and a wheel wrench (a.k.a. tire iron). Be sure to keep these tools at hand for the following steps.

6. Using the wheel wrench, loosen each of the wheel nuts about halfway. By doing this, you should easily be able to remove the wheel cover, which is the next step. 9. Now put the spare tire on by lining up the bolts with the holes in the spare tire wheel. Make sure that the air valve of the spare tire is facing to the outside. 

7. Once the wheel cover is removed, jack the car so that the flat tire is off the ground. Make sure to place the jack underneath the appropriate support point as designated by your owner's manual; this is typically one of the beams of the frame located just behind the front tire.

8. Using the wheel wrench, completely remove the wheel nuts from the flat tire using a counter-clockwise motion. Remove the flat tire. You don't have to worry about removing the actual tire from the wheel; take the whole kit and caboodle off and put it to the side.  

9. Now put the spare tire on by lining up the bolts with the holes in the spare tire wheel. Make sure that the air valve of the spare tire is facing to the outside.

10. Put the wheel nuts back on and tighten them as much as possible with the wheel wrench. Use an "X" pattern to determine the sequence for tightening the nuts; for example, start by tightening the top left nut, then move to the bottom right nut, followed by the top right nut, then the bottom left nut. This will ensure that you will tighten each nut evenly. 

11. Using the jack, slowly lower the car back down to the ground. Remove the car jack from underneath the car. 
12. Recheck the wheel nuts, and tighten them a little more if necessary. 
13. Place the flat tire in the trunk. Now you're all set! Just try to get a replacement tire as soon as possible, so that you won't wear down your spare tire.  

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