How Do You Change a Car Tire?

Changing a wheel

It doesn’t matter what kind of new Mazda vehicle you’re driving. Even the best tires wear down eventually, and there’s always the risk of getting a flat as you cover the roads of Rocky Mount. That’s why every driver should know how to change a tire. Although you’re probably wondering, “how do you change a car tire?” Learn from the Medlin Mazda service team how to change vehicle tires, how often to change them, and more!


How to Change Your Mazda Tires?

In order to begin changing your tire in Raleigh, you’ll need the right tools: a jack, lug wrench, spare tire(s) or new tire(s), and your owner’s manual. Once they’re all assembled, just follow these steps:

  • If you’re on the road in Wake Forest, you’ll want to be sure to pull over to a safe place and turn on your hazard lights. 
  • Apply your parking brake and place wheel wedges under the tires you’re keeping.
  • Take the wheel cover or hubcap off the tire that needs changing, then loosen the lug nuts with your wrench.
  • Raise the vehicle using your jack, then remove the lug nuts completely.
  • Carefully remove the current tire, then mount the new or spare one.
  • Tighten the lug nuts, then steadily lower your vehicle back onto the ground.

How Often Should You Change Car Tires?

How often you should change your tires really depends on how well they’re made and how often you rotate them. Your owner’s manual should give a more exact figure, but it’s still worth checking the tread depth and air pressure regularly to ensure you don’t need a new tire sooner.

One thing to keep in mind is that a spare tire is never meant to last like a new tire. They’re only a temporary solution, so don’t put more than 50 miles on your spare or drive at high speeds.

How to Put Air in Your Tires

If your car tire doesn’t need to be completely changed, but simply needs more air, it’s a pretty easy process. If you don’t own an air pump, you can stop by a local gas station and use theirs. 

Here’s how to put air in your tires:

  • Park your vehicle near the air dispenser and make sure that the hose can reach each tire.
  • Remove the tire valve cap off of the first tire.
  • Check the air pressure in the tire by using your tire gauge. It’s best to do this at home since tires can heat up during the drive and the air can expand. This can trigger a false reading. 
  • Use the air hose to add small amounts of air in short bursts while checking the tire gauge each time.

Visit the Medlin Mazda for Your Automotive Needs

The team here at Medlin Mazda is always happy to be of assistance. Whether you feel more comfortable having your tires changed by a professional or simply want expert technicians to have a closer look, feel free to schedule servicing today.

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