How Do I Change a Tire on My Car?

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I Have a Flat Tire. How Do I Change It?

It's that horrible sinking feeling. Your tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) light suddenly illuminates, or your steering starts to feel way too heavy. You have a flat tire, and it will have to be replaced before your journey can continue. Fortunately, changing a tire is pretty easy.

Whatever you do, don’t ignore any signs of an impending flat tire. Not only can your vehicle quickly become uncontrollable, but driving even a few hundred yards on a flat tire can cause significant damage to your rims, suspension, and even fenders. It can mean the difference between a tire that can be repaired or one that has to be replaced.

“If that light suddenly comes on, you probably have a problem,” says Michael Calkins, manager of technical services for AAA. “You have a limited amount of time to find somewhere safe to change your tire. You don’t want to ignore it.”

If your vehicle is equipped with run-flat tires, you can continue on a punctured tire at a reduced speed. However, it's a good idea to do a quick inspection to make sure that more serious damage hasn't occurred.

Take a look at the following slides to see a step-by-step guide to changing a flat.

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