How to Change a Tire

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Whether you experience a flat tire in your new Chevy Tahoe or the treads have worn down and you’re putting on a new set of tires yourself, knowing how to change a tire is a crucial skill every Prattville driver should learn. It will keep you from waiting on the side of the road in a Montgomery storm or from riding around on risky tires. Learn how often to change car tires and how to do it here with the Larry Puckett Chevrolet service team.



The Step-by-Step Process on How to Change a Tire

First, you’ll need the right tools, including a jack, lug wrench, spare or new tire(s), and your car owner’s manual. Replacing your tire on your new car, truck, or SUV is straightforward. Just follow this process.

  1. If you’re on the side of a Wetumpka street, move to a safe place and turn on your hazard lights if possible.
  2. If you have them, apply the parking brake and put wheel wedges under the other tires.
  3. Remove the wheel cover or hubcap, and loosen the lug nuts.
  4. Use your jack to raise your car.
  5. Remove the lug nuts.
  6. Take the current tire off and mount the new or spare tire.
  7. Tighten your lug nuts.
  8. Lower your vehicle back to the ground.

How Often To Change Car Tires?

So, how often to change car tires? It depends on how often you rotate your tires and how well they’re made. If you rotate your tires regularly, you should get the total mileage promised when you purchased them. Still, check your tire pressure and tread periodically just to be safe. If the tread wear is too low, it’s time for new tires! Why not schedule a tire rotation the next time you change your oil in Millbrook?

How to Put Air in Your Tires

This is how to put air in your tires when you don’t have a flat, but do have low air pressure:

  • Park your car next to the air dispenser and ensure the hose reaches every tire.
  • Remove the tire valve cap of the first tire.
  • Check the air pressure using your tire gauge.
  • Use the air hose to add small amounts of air while checking the tire gauge each time.
  • Stop when you reach the recommended PSI on the side wall or as listed in your owner’s manual.
  • Don’t forget to put the valve cap back on!

The Larry Puckett Chevrolet Service Center is Always at Your Service

Now that you know how to change a tire, if you’re not up for a DIY tire change or are unsure what kind of tires to purchase, our service advisors are happy to help. Contact us for tire care, a new battery, or brake service. We’re here for you!


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