How to Change a Tire

Row of tires

Getting a flat tire is a driver milestone, albeit not a pleasant one. Learning how to change a tire proves invaluable in a variety of situations, such as when you need to get to work, visit a friend, or attend an event by a certain time. Reviewing how to change your car tires also avoids unnecessary frustration and having to wait on the side of a Nampa road for professional assistance, which can be dangerous. Review the following tire changing guide from Dennis Dillon Mazda in Boise, which includes our tips on how often to change car tires!



Change Your Tires in Six Simple Steps

Switching out a car tire quickly and safely requires the following items: a jack, spare or new tire, wheel wedges, a lug wrench, and your vehicle manual. Follow these steps to get back on a Caldwell road:

  1. Move to a safe location if necessary, such as a store parking lot, then flip on your hazard lights.
  2. Place the wheel wedges under the tires you are not changing and apply the parking brake to keep the vehicle from moving.
  3. Remove the hubcap from the damaged tire before loosening the lug nuts with your wrench.
  4. Raise the vehicle with the jack and remove the lug nuts.
  5. Take the flat tire off and replace it with a spare or new tire.
  6. Finish by tightening the lug nuts and lowering your vehicle back down with the jack.

How Often Should Your Change Car Tires?

Tire change frequency depends on several factors, including:

  • How much you drive
  • Road conditions
  • Tire quality
  • How often do you rotate your tires

If you are not sure whether it is time to change your tires, look at the tread. The classic quarter trick is helpful in this regard: place a quarter upside down in the tread, specifically where it is lowest. If the top of President Washington’s head is covered, the tread is in good shape, and you can continue driving on Meridian roads. Should you be able to see most or all of Washington’s head, the tread is too worn, and the tire needs replacing.

It is also a good idea to check the tire pressure regularly with an inexpensive pressure gauge tool. A tire that is too low makes excessive contact with the road surface, causing premature wear.

Take Advantage of Our Tire Center Services

Now you know how to change a tire and how often to change car tires! If you need professional tire services at any time, such as inspections and rotations, call our service center at (208) 314-9816. We are here to help you keep your tires in outstanding condition! For more helpful car maintenance reads, check out our guides on brake pads and brake fluid! See you soon!


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