How Do You Change a Car Tire?

Mechanic Changing Tire in Shop

Have you run into trouble with a flat tire? Maybe you’d just like to save on service by rotating your tires at home! Either way, you need to be able to answer the question, “How do you change a car tire?” Suntrup Volkswagen has put together a simple 6-step guide on the subject. Take advantage of our tire tips and get back on the roads of St Louis and St Peters in no time.

Changing Your Volkswagen Tires: Step-by-Step

Whether you drive a Volkswagen or some other model, you’ll need the following tools to change a tire:

  • A jack
  • A lug wrench
  • Wheel wedges
  • A spare tire, or a new set
  • Your owner’s manual
You’re ready to get started. Follow these six steps to change a tire in a hurry:

  1. Whether you’re on the side of the road or at home in St Louis, make sure you’re in a safe place where you’ll have plenty of room to maneuver. Turn on your hazard lights if you’re on the side of the road.
  2. Apply the parking brake and lock the other tires in place with wheel wedges.
  3. Remove the hubcap from the tire, and use your lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts.
  4. After the lug nuts have been loosened, use the jack to raise the vehicle off the ground.
  5. Continue using your lug wrench to remove the flat or worn-down tire. Mount the new tire as soon as the old one is off.
  6. Tighten the lug nuts, working diagonally in order to ensure that everything comes together properly. Then use the jack to lower the vehicle back down!

How do you change a tire on the side of the road? We recommend that drivers carry a small kit in their cargo area. While you’re at it, stock yourself with a first aid kit, too!

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How Many Miles Can You Go With a Spare Tire?

Spare tires are described as such for a reason! They’re not like ordinary tires, and with most spare tires, it’s recommended that you stay below speeds of 50 mph.

If you have to put on a spare, it’s also recommended that you go straight to your local service center, parts department, or tire store–wherever you normally go for a new set. It’s not a good idea to drive more than 50 miles on a spare tire.

How Often to Change Car Tires

You know how to equip a new set, but how often should you change car tires if you want to avoid flat tires and other problems? Most tires last between six and ten years, but this varies depending on the kind of tires you buy, and how you drive.

Still not sure of how often to change your tires? Maybe you don’t remember when you got your current set. If your tread depth has fallen below 2/32 of an inch, it’s definitely time for a replacement. Of course, changing your tires isn’t the only important part of a tire care regimen. Find out how often to rotate your tires today.

Turn To Our St. Louis Tire Store When You’re In Need!

Remember: If the question, “How do you change a car tire?” is still giving you pause, you don’t have to go it alone! Turn to our St. Louis Volkswagen tire store for a new set. Schedule service to get your tires inspected or replaced.

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