How Do I Change a Tire on My Car?

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1) Get to a Safe Location

Quickly find a safe, firm, and level place to stop, and turn on your hazard lights. Before you exit the car, take stock of the situation and decide whether it is a good idea for you to try to change the tire yourself.

Firmly set the parking brake, place an automatic transmission-equipped car in park, or put a manual transmission vehicle in gear after turning the engine off.

Some vehicles have special procedures that you have to follow before installing a spare tire, so consulting your owners manual is essential before you proceed. A few vehicles may require you to swap tires around so that the spare tire is not on the axle that drives the wheels.

If you have a safety triangle, put it out to warn other motorists of a disabled vehicle on the side of the road. Road flares can also be used, as long as there's no chance of catching anything else on fire. Find the brightest-colored clothing you have available, and put it on.

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