If you hear the tell-tale sign of a flat tire, get off the road as soon as possible. Try to park on solid, level ground. This will give your jack a secure spot to rest and minimize the risk of your car rolling.

Turn off the vehicle and engage your parking brake before you start working. If you have wheel chocks, you can use those behind the side opposite the one you are raising to further secure your car. Each vehicle is different, but the basic steps are the same. Loosen the lug nuts slightly before jacking up the car. Check your owner's manual to determine where to place your jack, then jack your car up. Use the lug wrench to remove the nuts, placing them somewhere safe so they aren't lost. Pull the flat tire toward you, using both hands. Place the damaged tire under the car as a backup should your jack slip while putting on the spare. Slide the spare tire onto the wheel bolts and replace the lug nuts. Tighten by hand and then tighten with the lug wrench before lowering to the ground.

Once you have changed the tire, follow-up with your dealership's service center to repair or replace your damaged tire. You don't want to drive longer than necessary on your spare.

 

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