How Do You Change a Car Tire?

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Don’t wait until it’s too late to learn how to change a car tire. The service team at Tulley Mazda has put together this helpful guide to help Hudson drivers learn how often to change a car tire, how to actually change the tire, and more! Our service experts are standing by to help answer any questions, as well as offer you additional service tips and tricks.

Step-By-Step Instructions for Changing a Tire

The first thing you’ll want to do is to make sure you have all the right tools to change your tire. It’s also helpful to keep these in your vehicle. The tools you’ll need include a jack, lug wrench, spare tire, and the owner’s manual. Should you need a new set of tires, our service team can help you find the right ones. Once you have what you need, you’ll just have to follow these simple steps:

  1. If you’ve experienced a flat, make sure you’re in a safe place, and your hazard lights are on.
  2. Apply the parking brake, and insert wheel wedges under the other tires.
  3. Take off the wheel cover or hubcap, and loosen the lug nuts.
  4. Next, raise your vehicle using the jack, and then remove the lug nuts.
  5. Replace the current tire with the new tire.
  6. After tightening the lug nuts, lower your vehicle back to the ground.

How Often to Change Car Tires

How often your tires need to be replaced depends on your driving habits as well as how well they are maintained. Quality tires that are well-cared for can often last around 50,000 miles. If you tend to drive on more hazardous roads or go off-roading near Lowell, your tires will have more wear and tear, requiring a tire change sooner than regular tires.

How Long Can You Drive on a Spare?

Typically spares won’t last more than 50 miles or so. You can usually find the specific mileage limit on the spare itself. These aren’t meant to be a long-term solution and will need to be replaced as soon as possible. You’ll also want to be sure you avoid using high speeds while using a spare.

Turn to Tulley Mazda for Your Tire Needs

If you’re in need of a more affordable part or service, trust the Tulley Mazda service team. We have parts and service specials for additional savings on new parts and quality services your vehicle needs. Contact us today to learn more or with any questions.

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