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  • It’s probably happened to you! If it hasn’t, then you’ve probably spent some time worrying about when it will happen! You’re driving on the interstate, concerned with what you might have for lunch that day, or how much homework your teacher might assign, when BAM! Your tire explodes. Do you know what to do when faced with an event such as this?

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  • 1. How to Change a Tire By: Drew Moser
  • 2. Tire Maintenance
    • Preventative maintenance is the first step in safety!
    • Make sure to walk around your vehicle before driving.
      • Check the tire pressure
      • Ensure the tread is not bare
      • Look for nails, screws, or any possible damage existing in tire
    • It’s easier to change a tire at home than on the side of the highway!
  • 3. When a Tire Explodes
    • If you happen to be driving when a tire goes flat – remain calm. Ease off the accelerator and move off the road.
    • Panic may cause an accident!
  • 4. Find a Safe Location
    • Once your vehicle is safely off the road, the next step is to raise the automobile.
    • Ensure the vehicle is not on a slope. A flat surface is necessary.
    • Make sure the car is in park (P), or in gear if it is a manual transmission.
    • It is also a good idea to “block” the wheel diagonal to the flat by placing a brick or piece of wood in front of the tire.
  • 5. Loosen the Lug Nuts
  • 6. Loosen the Lug Nuts
    • Before raising the vehicle, use the “tire iron”, the L-shaped bar, to loosen the lug nuts from the flat wheel.
    • The lug nuts are designed to stay on the tire, use leverage to ease the work.
    • Remember to turn the nuts counter-clockwise!
    • Once all lug nuts are loose, it’s time to raise the automobile
  • 7. Raising the Vehicle
    • A “jack” is usually located in the trunk of the car. You may need to check your manual if it is located elsewhere.
    • The spare tire should also be located in the trunk of your vehicle.
    • Check the vehicle for a solid, secure place to put the jack. Many cars have predetermined locations for jacking the car up.
  • 8. Remove the Damaged Tire
  • 9. Remove the Damaged Tire
    • Using the jack, raise the vehicle until the flat tire is completely off the ground.
    • Remove the lug nuts and keep them together, a hubcap is a good place to keep them so the nuts don’t get lost.
    • Slide the flat tire off the vehicle and place it flat on the ground so it doesn’t roll into traffic.
  • 10. Place the Spare on the Vehicle
  • 11. Place the Spare on the Vehicle
    • Lift the spare tire and line up the holes in the wheel with the protruding wheel studs.
    • Once the tire is lined up, gently slide it as far back as possible.
    • Screw each of the lug nuts back onto the wheel studs.
    • Tighten the lugs by hand before lowering the wheel.
    • Make sure not to cross-thread the nuts!
  • 12. Lower the Jack
  • 13. Almost Finished
    • When all lug nuts have been hand tightened, carefully lower the jack.
    • Tighten the lug nuts with the tire iron.
    • The ground should help give leverage, ensure the lug nuts are extremely tight.
    • Put the flat tire back in the trunk (You will need the rim when you replace the tire).
    • Drive safe!
  • 14. Thank You!
  • 15. References
    • All images except slide 3 were found on: www.ehow.com/how_2048705_change-flat-tire.html
    • Slide 3 found on: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Flat_tire.jpg