How to change a flat tire, and all the tools you need to do it safely
- Getting a flat tire is an inevitable part of being a driver, but with the right know-how and tools, it's a slight inconvenience at worst.
- As a car enthusiast, I've swapped my wheels countless times. Below, I'll walk you through changing a tire, my recommendations for tools, and a few other tips for maintaining your tires.
There comes a time when every driver ends up with a flat tire - it's an inevitable occurrence that you should always be prepared for when you're on the road. Although it is without a doubt an inconvenience, it shouldn't be completely debilitating or expensive to fix.
Every car should come with a tire iron, jack, and spare tire, so all it takes is knowing how to change a flat tire to save you from the aggravation of sitting on the side of the road waiting for help to arrive or paying for an otherwise unnecessary tow.
From unlucky roadside flats to swapping new sets of wheels on my car, I've done my fair share tire changes over the years. I'll walk you through exactly how to complete the job, plus my recommendations for tools if you're looking for replacements or upgrades, and a few tips on maintaining safe tires.
Here are the basic essentials for changing a tire:
- A portable jack: Pro-Lift Scissor Jack, $27.60
- A tire iron: Gorilla Telescoping Power Wrench, $15.99
- A spare tire: Shop tires on Amazon and Pep Boys
- A pair of work gloves: DEX FIT Work Gloves, $11.99
Here are other helpful items for maintaining safe tires:
- A tire pressure gauge: Rhino USA Tire Pressure Gauge, $19.97
- An air compressor: EPAuto 12-volt Portable Air Compressor Pump, $34.87
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